After cooler-than-normal temperatures, it’s welcome news that we’ll be enjoying temperatures in 70s and 80s this weekend in North Texas.
And, you can bet that with our spring weather potential buyers will increasingly be out and about discovering homes for sale across the region. Not surprisingly, those with the best “curb appeal” are often the first to sell.
Buyers often pass quick judgment on a property based on its drive-up appeal. A small investment in time and money to spruce up your property’s appearance could mean fewer days on the market and a higher sales price.
Below are a few areas in particular on which you should focus:
* For a burst of color, plant spring flowers.
* Tidy up your gardens.
* Remove glass from light fixtures around your home’s front door and clean thoroughly.
* Wash down your front door. If the sun has faded the paint, consider repainting.
* Clean and polish your front door’s hardware. Replace it if necessary.
* Check your house numbers. Are they still in good shape and visible from the street? If not, replace them.
* Wash the windows. If this isn’t your strong suit, hire a professional.
* Check your roof to make sure no shingles are missing or damaged.
* Remove debris from your gutters and drain spouts.
* Clean your patio furniture. You want potential buyers to be able to visualize your outdoor living area’s potential.
If you’re considering listing your home, contact an Ebby Associate to learn more about how to prepare it to sell in today’s ultra-competitive market and how Ebby Halliday Realtors will market your home, both locally and globally, to produce the most-favorable results for you. To get started, visit the award-winning ebby.com.
We know how annoying can be when you go to your laundry area to transfer a load of clothes from the washer to the dryer, but water remains in the washer tub even though the cycle has finished. It can be confusing, frustrating and inconvenient when this happens. You can turn on the spin cycle to see if the water will drain, but if that doesn’t help, you’re right back where you started – with a load of soaking laundry and a washer full of water.
Why Won’t My Washing Machine Drain Water?
There are a few possibilities why your washing machine won’t drain. that might happen. Your washer may have a clogged drain hose or the pump may be broken. A broken lid switch or belt could also be the culprit. It may even be something as simple as the hose being jammed. Whatever the reason, the water will need to be drained from the washing machine before any work or diagnosis can be done.
What Does the Drain Function on a Washing Machine Do?
It removes the water from the tub during the spin cycle. The washer pump forces water from the bottom of the machine into the drain hose. The drain hose loops to the top of the machine, and then down to the drain, enabling the tub to fill. When the water reaches the bend in the hose, it goes out of the drain.
How to Drain Water Out of a Washing Machine
If you have water in your washer that hasn’t drained, you have a couple of options:
One is to bail it out, but that can be a time consuming and tedious process. It can also be hard on your back to bend over to reach the bottom of the tub repeatedly. An easier way is to let the drain hose and gravity do the hard work for you. Here are some of the things you’ll need to have on hand for the task:
Sponge and towels
Step 1 – Turn off the power
Unplug the washer from the outlet or turn off power at the circuit breaker or fuse box. While not mandatory, it’s also a good idea to turn the hot and cold water connections to the washing machine just to be safe.
Step 2 – Locate the drain hose at the back of the washer
First, look to see if it is bent or kinked, which may be blocking the water flow. If that’s the case, simply straightening the hose may fix the problem. If the hose has no visible bends or kinks, then disconnect it from the drain, unscrewing with a clamp attached if necessary. Be sure to keep the hose higher than the washer tub until you’re ready to empty the water.
Step 3 – Prepare your bucket and drain hose
Get the bucket in place and drop the hose lower than the washer tub into the bucket. If the bucket fills, raise the hose above the washer tub until you can empty the bucket and start to fill it again. If the water doesn’t flow freely, the filter may be blocked, which you’ll need to clear before continuing.
Step 4 – Check for and remove all clogs in the drain hose
Once the water has drained, check the hose for a clogged piece of clothing or a soap blockage. Loosen the clamp that connects the hose to the bottom of the tub and inspect the inside. If you see something clogging the hose or a clog where the hose connects, remove it with your pliers and reconnect the hose.
Step 5 – Check for deeper clogs in the drain or beyond
If the hose is clear, there may be a clog in the drain or beyond, which means you’ll likely need to use a plumber’s snake to clear it.
Step 6 – Inspect the washer pump
Check the washer pump, to see if it has a clog or a broken impeller, belt or a leak. Refer to your manufacturer’s instructions for a diagram of your unit’s pump location and parts. In most cases, you’ll notice an unusual noise when the washer is operating that indicates a bad pump, or leaking may also be a sign. If you have a bad pump, you’ll need to replace it or call a qualified service technician for help. If you replace it yourself, be sure to purchase the same pump model.
Step 7 – Inspect the washing machine lid switch
To see if the lid switch is working, depress it by hand. If you don’t hear a click, it may be broken and need replacing.
Step 8 – Inspect the washing machine for damaged belts
To see if damaged belts are causing your drain problem, unscrew the access panel and check the main belt and the pump belt. Refer to your manufacturer’s diagram to locate these parts.
A drain vent allows air in which can help prevent a vacuum that could hamper water draining properly from the machine. If there is a gap around the drain hose where it enters the drain, you may not need a vent. You should have a vent if building codes require one or if your washer is more than four feet from the vent stack for proper draining.
Step 10 – When in doubt, call a service professional for help
If you’ve drained the water from your washer and inspected the hose, pump and lid switch and still can’t pinpoint the problem, you’ll probably need to call a professional plumber or washing machine service technician for help.
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The Ebby Halliday Companies’ brand-new, just-released apps mean your new home could be just a tap away. The Ebby Halliday Companies include Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew.
“With our new apps, MLS listings across North Texas are in the palm of your hand,” says Travis Mathews, vice president of Strategic Growth & Technology for the Ebby Halliday Companies. “Our primary goal for this release was providing consumers with the most intuitive mobile real estate experience possible.”
Whether they’re shopping by price, location or aesthetics, users of the new Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller and Williams Trew apps will find it’s easier than ever to browse homes for sale.
“Our new mobile apps provide access to real-time property information and smart messaging tools,” Mathews says. “They make it easy to connect with your agent from any mobile device, as well as create saved searches and add favorites at your convenience. Simply put, our mobile-first home search with built-in chat makes collaboration fast, easy and fun.”
In addition to the ability to connect anytime, anywhere, the new Ebby Halliday Companies apps offer easy-to-use home-search options, including a Draw Tool that allows you to draw custom boundaries using your finger on a map view to filter available homes within a specific area; a Commute Time feature, in which you can view properties within proximity to your work, daycare or other regularly traveled places; and a Home Scan feature that uses augmented-reality technology to overlay property details through your device’s camera.
“In the mobile world that we live in, simplicity is the name of the game,” says Mathews. “It’s simple to find our apps in the Apple App and Google Play Stores. And perhaps most importantly, it’s extremely simple to navigate the apps themselves. They’re fast, look great, and feature such functions as scheduling a showing and pre-qualifying for a mortgage. All while keeping your agent’s contact information at your fingertips.”
The new Ebby Halliday Companies apps seamlessly integrate with ebby.com, daveperrymiller.com and williamstrew.com, so clients’ accounts, saved searches and favorited properties sync between the apps and websites. The Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew apps are available on the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad, and on Google Play for Android devices. Download the apps today for free and experience modern home searching with ease.
With locations across North Texas, the Ebby Halliday Companies include some of the most-respected brands in the country. In addition to its real estate brands, Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew, its core-services companies include Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title. For more information, visit the award-winning ebby.com.