Preventative measures are the most effective way to protect you, your family, and your possessions from damage. In today’s post, we’ll provide you with five simple tips that can help you prevent a disaster in your home.
At Midwest Restoration Services, we know that catastrophic events can occur at any time. Whether you need fire damage restoration, water damage restoration, mold remediation, or assistance in the wake of another home emergency, we’re here and ready to help. Get in touch with us through this page to get started, and read on to learn how you can reduce your home’s vulnerability.
Preventing a Disaster in Your Home
Turn Off Your Water Supply If You’re Leaving
While the holidays are now behind us, you might be planning a vacation to give yourself a much-needed break in the spring. The weather in Batavia is significantly warmer in the spring than it is right now, but if you’re going to be gone for several days, it’s still a good idea to turn off your water supply. Your home’s plumbing network is largely unobservable, which makes it difficult to notice the tell-tale signs of damaged or leaking pipes. The last thing you want is to come back to a flooded home after relaxing and unwinding somewhere nice, so turn off your water supply and have a neighbor periodically check in on your home while you’re away.
Watch Your Water Bill
Turning off your water supply while you’re away is a smart decision, but there are other preventative steps you can take to detect leaks and potential problems with your plumbing. One of the easiest ways to check in your plumbing is to watch your water bill from month to month. If you notice a significant jump without a co-occurring increase in your daily usage, then there may be a leak somewhere out of view. Contact a plumber immediately to ensure that the leak does not turn into a burst.
Test Your Smoke Alarms
If you’re like most Americans, then the only time you think about your smoke detectors is when you accidentally overcook something or want to silence the annoying chirp informing you that the batteries are dying. We understand that it’s easy to forget about your home’s smoke alarms, but regularly testing them is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect your home from a fire. Almost every contemporary smoke alarm has a test button that you can use to determine if the unit is working properly. If the unit doesn’t respond when you press the test button, then either replace the batteries or call an electrician immediately.
Get a Chimney Inspection
We’ve had some chilly days lately here in Batavia, and you may be using your home’s fireplace to keep you and your family warm and comfortable at night. We hope that you invested in a chimney inspection before the first cool days of fall, but if you didn’t, we recommend scheduling an appointment with a certified chimney cleaning company as soon as possible. The combustion process leaves behind a flammable residue that will build up over time, consequently putting your home at risk of a fire.
Be Wary of Space Heaters
Space heaters are one of the primary reasons why homeowners have to call us for smoke and fire damage restoration. In fact, space heaters are responsible for more than 55,000 home fires each year! Portable heaters are convenient, to be sure, but they’re also easily knocked over and prone to malfunctioning. If you absolutely must use a space heater to keep warm this winter, then use the following tips to minimize your risk of a fire:
- Always turn your space heater off if you’ll be leaving the room, or your home, for an extended period of time.
- Never allow children or pets to go near your space heater.
- Don’t use your space heater near a water source, or in the bathroom where moisture can easily build up.
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We hope that today’s entry will help you protect your home throughout the year. Keep an eye on our blog page, as we’ll continue to update this page with even more information about fire damage restoration, smoke damage restoration, and other home restoration topics.
Disaster can strike at any time, and Midwest Restoration Services in Batavia is here to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Fill out the form below or get in touch with us through this page if you need restoration services of any kind.