Do your downspouts from the gutters direct water away from your foundation? Often over time the extensions on the downspouts have come off and are missing. This puts the water from the gutter through the downspout to the worst location, right next to the foundation. It makes a soft muddy place below the downspout. This allows the foundation to sink into the mud, perhaps only a 1/10 th of an inch per year. Over time this adds up. The foundation may settle or crack and that portion of the house becomes lower. To prevent this trouble, check that all the downspouts on your house have extensions long enough to direct water away from the foundation.
Heavy rains may result in the flooding of a basement or a crawl space. In an attempt to rescue possessions or clean up the situation do not walk in or touch this water. The water could be in contact with electrical outlets or extension cords. This would result in you being electrically shocked.
Another potential hazard is a sump pump. This is a submerged motor designed to pump water from one location to another. It has an electric cord going to the motor which is designed to be water proof. If there is a malfunction then you may be shocked by stepping in or touching the water.
Be careful when you are around electrical equipment that might be wet or when being near water that could be in contact with live wiring. When in doubt be safe and consult a professional.
When it is raining you can check your ceilings. Do you have soft spots, damp spots or worse yet drips?
Check your windows. Is any water coming in or is there just condensation?
Look under the sinks and in the basement or crawl space. Is any of the plumbing dripping or is there water seeping through the walls?
Mark these locations with a pencil (not pen or marker)to help you remember where they are. As soon as the weather is dry, the leaks can be repaired. Primer will cover the pencil marks.
Not fixing the leaks can lead to mold growing or wood becoming damaged.
This spring perhaps you are planning to add a porch, make a fence, install a mail box post or plant a tree. The danger of digging is that you might damage underground utilities such as electric cables or water lines or gas lines. Before you start digging, call the phone number 811. Tell them your address and what your plans are. Then the location of underground utilities will be marked with small flags. Avoid working in these locations and you can prevent an expensive disaster.
There are 3 main reasons to change your furnace filter.
1. You are spending money for the gas or electric bill, so you want that heat to go easily to the rooms of your house. Changing the filter enables the heated air to move more easily.
2. If you don't change the filter and the heat remains near the furnace, then the parts of the furnace over heat and break sooner. These are expensive repairs.
3. Installing a new filter may catch more dust and make the air better to breath.