Spring is a fun time of year with many exciting seasonal changes which include the growth of trees and flowers, longer periods of daylight, and thawing of snow and ice. However, with spring changes come potential spring issues. Take a look at these simple steps to help property damage to your home or office during the spring season.
Make sure there are no loose or leaky gutters or clogged downspouts. Ensure downspouts drain away from the property, approximately 5 feet, and steer clear of debris. Existing and new landscaping projects should divert water away from the foundation. Water damage can occur to the property from improper drainage.
2. Washing Machine
Examine your washing machine fill hose and look for cracks that could turn into leaks. A hose that leaks under pressure can cause major damage in a short period of time. The 5/8” hose can pump 10-12 gallons per minute. Consider changing to a no-burst hose to decrease your risk for damage.
Wipe out your dryer vent and take a look at the outside exhaust. Not all lint is caught in the lint trap and can clog the vent. A clean vent will save you money by reducing the time your dryer has to run. A clogged vent is not only less efficient, but can cause a fire.
Vacuum your refrigerator coils. The coils on the back or bottom of your refrigerator conduct the hot air from inside the unit. If coated with dust, they are less effective and cause your fridge to work harder, which increases your electric bill. Use a vacuum cleaner hose or a brush to clean the coils. While you’re cleaning the coils, check water lines for leaks to avoid water damage.
5. Sump Pump
Cautiously pour water from a large bucket into the crock. Keep an eye on the sump pump switch. It should turn on and start to pump water from the crock. Wait until the water pumps from the crock to make sure the pump turns itself off, and then slowly pour the remaining water in the crock to ensure the pump turns on again.
We hope these Spring Property Tips are helpful to you and your family to damage to your home or office from the changing season. If you do have property damage from fire, water, mold or storm, please don’t hesitate to Call Paul.