Lewis Maclean February 2018

FEBRUARY 2018

Getting Ready for Spring SET YOURSELF UP FOR A GREAT SEASON

It’s that time of year again. The temperatures are steadily climbing and people are starting to think about yardwork and spring cleaning. As people get outdoors to clean their yard and to do some general home maintenance, they often notice something that’s not quite right. Their outside taps are leaking or broken. Going into spring, this is one of the most common service calls we receive. Sometimes the leak is caused by a pipe that froze during the winter but didn’t fully rupture. The homeowner may have forgotten to put a hose away or to fully shut off the outside taps. Sometimes people forget. That’s where we come in. If you are experiencing any leaky taps, give us a call and we’ll take care of it. It’s better to catch leaky taps earlier rather than later, when you need to water your lawn , fl owers, or other landscaping. As you assess your outside taps, it’s also important to check crawlspaces and any other openings under your home and around the foundation. Look for signs of moisture from potential leaks, as well as from the winter rains. Specifically, look for water stains, rot, mold, and mildew. If you spot anything out of the ordinary, or any water damage, that’s another thing we can handle. Our technicians can identify the source of the water damage, get it under control — and work to protect your home from further damage.

rains roll in. The ground becomes saturated, and if not properly drained, the water can rise and damage your home.

We often work with homeowners to determine the best solution to drain the water — whether that water is isolated to the yard, or if it seeps under the house. If you notice water pooling in your yard or near your foundation, again, give us a call and we’ll give you our recommendations for the best next step, which may include the installation of a drainage pump. And don’t forget about your roof gutters and downspouts! It’s easy to forget about these areas of the home. But you want to make sure these are cleared out before it gets really wet outside. When leaves and other debris aren’t cleared out, it can lead to serious water damage through your roof and attic, which can be very costly to repair. As you get ready for spring, don’t forget we’re here to handle all your plumbing, heating, and air conditioning needs. We’re standing by the phone, ready to take your call!

Next month, we’ll be talking a bit more about air conditioning and what you can do to get ready for your coolest (and most efficient) summer yet.

Another issue to watch out for is standing water. This can become more of a problem as the spring

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