As we approach our Winter season, here are a few tips you may find helpful:
I have dealt with three home inspections this week and two of them revealed water in crawlspaces.
Both properties would have benefited from the installation of downspout extensions that would have directed water away from the foundations.
If you have downspouts that are dumping rain water alongside your foundation, you could easily end up with water in your crawlspace.
I recommend the 3-4′ flexible extensions available at Lowe’s or Home Depot
Disconnect Your Hoses
Don’t forget to disconnect your hoses from your outside faucets to prevent freezing damage to your faucets and expensive plumbing repairs.
Close Your Foundation Vents
Remember to close your foundation vents now and reopen them next Spring.
Blow Out Your Sprinklers
If you haven’t already done so, have your sprinkler system blown out to remove water from the underground lines and the above-ground manifold valve.
Replacing a manifold valve can cost upwards of $500.
Check Your Interior Plumbing Connections
I recommend checking the connections of your interior plumbing to avoid water damage.
One of my clients just moved into a beautiful home in Eagle immediately after the hardwood floors were refinished.
They heard a funny noise in the middle of the night, went downstairs to check things out, and stepped into an inch of water covering most of the downstairs.
The culprit was a loose fitting under the kitchen sink that popped loose.
Now, they must endure the mess and disruption of replacing the hardwood floors and carpeting (fortunately covered by their homeowners’ insurance).
P.S. I also recommend you consider replacing your existing copper or clear plastic icemaker water supply hose with a sturdier braided hose to avoid potential leaks and water damage.Around Boise | Print This Post | No Comments »