It’s no secret that weather can be unpredictable in the spring. Storms tend to pop up without notice and can sometimes be severe, leaving you little time to prevent damage to your home. Fortunately, with a few tips and tricks, you can troubleshoot nearly every problem that comes your way. Here are four great tips to weather spring storms in Ohio from the team at Herrmann Services.
1. Protect Your Sump Pump
Some homes’ foundations are built below the water table line and their basements are prone to flooding. Sump pumps serve as an excellent defense to keep basements dry by pumping out excess water. Occasionally sump pumps fail during severe storms after becoming overwhelmed with the amount of water coming in. To protect your home, ensure that your system is up to the challenge by checking to following:
- Be sure that you have a battery backup sump pump. During storms, your power can go out leaving your sump pump unable to operate. Your basement can flood if you don’t have an alternate power source to keep your pump operational.
- Protect your system from clogs. Keeping your discharge lines clear and covered will help to protect them from clogging and backing up into your home.
- Keep up with your inspections. Consult your owner’s manual to decide how often you should have your pump inspected and serviced. If you suspect any problems, have your system looked at right away. One quick way to test your sump pump is to take the lid off the sump pit and pour a five-gallon bucket of water into the pit. The motor should kick on and drain the water immediately. If it doesn’t, you may have to call for service.
2. Secure Outdoor Hazards
In the event of inclement weather, make sure to check outdoors for items that need to be secured or put away. Common items that could cause damage to your home during high winds include patio umbrellas, tables, chairs, yard decorations, grills, and stacked firewood.
3. Check Doors and Windows
It sounds like a no-brainer, but simply checking to make sure windows are closed and storm doors are latched will save you costly damage caused by water coming into your home or a loose storm door blowing in high winds.
4. Turn Off Your Air Conditioner
A power surge can cause significant damage to an air conditioning unit during a storm. Cutting power to your unit at the circuit breaker, or turning the unit off at your thermostat can prevent costly damage in the event of a lightning strike. Your home may get a little stuffy, but as soon as the storm is over, you can turn in back on.
With a quick plan in place, you can take precaution to protect your home and systems in the event of a spring thunderstorm. Call us today at (513) 737-8423 or contact us online for more information.
At Herrmann Services, we care about our customers. While we know a lot about heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical services, we know many of our customers don’t. That’s why we thought this blog about home safety was worth sharing. Please read it and share it especially with anyone you know who has small children in their home.
Common Home Accidents
According to the CDC, each day over 300 children between the ages of 0-19 are treated in emergency rooms for burn-related injuries. These injuries are often caused by burns from hot liquids or steam, or from electrical items like curling irons or coffee pots. Electrical shock is also a common injury.
Tips for Protecting Children in Every Room of Your Home
Hidden dangers lurk in every room, so be sure to check all of the things on this list to make sure each room is safe.
Kitchen Safety Tips
- Prevent scalding by setting the water heater’s maximum heat at 120 F/49 C.
- Prevent electrical burns by keeping small appliances out of the reach of children, and away from the kitchen sink.
- Prevent scalding and burns by keeping the handles to pots and pans on the stove turned away from where little hands can reach them.
Bathroom Safety Tips
- Never leave a small child or baby unattended in the bathroom.
- Unplug hair dryers, curling irons, etc., when not in use, and keep away from the bathtub and sink.
Bedroom & Living Area Safety Tips
- Make sure all cords from window blinds are out of the reach of children. These pose a strangulation hazard.
- Place outlet covers over all electrical outlets that are not in use.
- Make sure all electrical cords are undamaged, and replace them if they are.
- Avoid using extension cords.
- Avoid using space heaters.
- Keep curious babies away from outlets, cords, and electrical items, large and small, including televisions.
Overall Home Safety Tips
- Install a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector on every level of the home. Test it and change batteries regularly (at least twice a year). Learn more about protecting your family from carbon monoxide here.
- If you notice an unusual odor, flickering lights, or power surges, have the home’s electrical system checked.
- In case of fire, develop an escape plan, establish a meeting point, and communicate and practice the plan with all family members.
- Teach your children proper emergency contacts, as well as how and when to call 911.
We hope these safety tips help keep your home and family safe from injuries and fire. Feel free to print these off for any first-time parents you may know.
Please call Herrmann Services if you need any heating, cooling, plumbing, or electrical help. Call us at (513) 407-5177 or contact us online to request service.