Spring is a great time of year with many exciting seasonal changes including the budding of trees and flowers, longer days, and thawing of snow and ice. However, with seasonal changes come potential seasonal problems. Take a look at these simple steps to help you prevent property damage to your home or office during the spring season.
1. Divert Water
Check for loose or leaky gutters or clogged downspouts. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation, at least 5 feet, and are clear of debris. Existing and new landscaping projects should divert water away from the property. Improper drainage can lead to water damage to the foundation or basement.
2. Washing Machine
Inspect your washing machine fill hose and look for cracks that could become 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 reduce your risk for damage.
Clean your dryer vent and inspect the outside exhaust. Not all lint is caught in the lint trap and can clog the vent. A clear vent will save you money by reducing the time your dryer has to run. A plugged vent is not only less efficient, but can cause a fire.
Vacuum your refrigerator coils. The coils on the bottom or back of your refrigerator conduct the hot air from inside the unit. If coated with dust, they are less efficient and cause your fridge to work harder increasing 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 begin to pump water from the crock. Wait until the water pumps from the crock to ensure the pump turns itself off, and then slowly pour the remaining water in the crock to ensure the pump turns on again.