Spring is a great time of year with many exciting seasonal changes including the changing of trees and flowers, longer days, and thawing of snow and ice. However, with spring changes come potential spring problems. Take a peek at these easy steps to prevent 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, at least 5 feet, and are clear of debris. Existing and new landscaping projects should divert water away from the building. Water damage can occur to the property from improper drainage.
2. Washing Machine
Examine your washing machine fill hose and check for cracks that could turn into leaks. A leaky hose 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.
Clean your dryer vent and take a look at the outside exhaust. All of the lint is not caught in the lint trap and can clog the vent. A clear vent will save you money by reducing the time your dryer runs. A plugged vent is not only less efficient, but can cause a fire.
Don’t forget to 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 longer, 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
Slowly pour water from a 5-gallon bucket into the crock. Observe 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 property damage from the changing season. If you do have any damage to your property from fire, water, mold or storm, just pick up the phone and Call Paul.