This morning I look out the window in the front of the office, and what do I see? The sun is shining and warming the farmlands ready for harvest, birds flitting about to catch the waking insects before their long flight south. The gentle yet constant white noise of the cicadas buzzing in what I think is the most iconic sound of summer that no one remembers but all know. It makes it hard to try and write about tornado damage, flooding, and other terrible dilemmas that can happen to your home. I, like you, get caught up in the grand splendor of the season and forget, sometimes foolishly, that disasters happen when we forget they can come around the corner.
A lot of what we talk about are extreme circumstances and complete run downs of damages for certain situations. The point of our blog is to inform you, the homeowner, of any possible threat to your home and how we can help you. Keep in my however that we’ve been in business over 30 years, and that means bad stuff does happen. Today we’re going to give you a few checklist maintenance ideas to help keep your home safe.
1) Check and change batteries in all Smoke Detectors
Why: More often than not fires can rage out of control and pose fatal consequences for anyone inside should smoke detectors not work. Change the batteries with every season and test them. Each room should have its own detector, including hallways.
2) Invest in Flood Insurance
We’ve see this happen so many times: a family has made it through a heavy rain storm that lasted several days, but ground water has flooded their basement. However insurance does not cover ground water in basic coverage policies like it would a hot water heater breaking, the only way to protect yourself from a hefty restoration bill coming out of your pocket is flood insurance.
3) Have your Furnace and Hot Water Heater inspected each year
These two items are the biggest tickets we find year after year in causing damages. Furnaces puff back soot and debris which is notorious for causing breathing problems, and hot water heaters break. Have specialists come and inspect these items each year to ensure they are maintained and working properly. If you suspect it is not working properly turn it off and call a professional immediately.
4) If you leave on vacation, have someone check your home periodically
This again is a very common problem we see. People leave on vacation and a pipe breaks, or someone breaks it, or maybe leaves the fridge door open for two weeks causing all the food to spoil. This is simple, have someone trusted pop by every day or every other day just to check on things. You’ll be glad you did
5) Winterize your home for all seasons
Winter is coming up fast, make sure that your heatng system is functioning properly and make sure your home is ready for the season. Fill gaps in windows, make sure doors are air tight, and move objects away from heaters. One of the best ways to ensure a happy, healthy home is with a little forethought and a lot of knowledge. A local handy-man or contractor would be happy to assist you in winterize your home. In fact we can recommend some.
Your home shall and always will be a place of joy and love. Sometimes some rather unpleasant things happen, but there is always someone in your corner. We understand that you may not know how to proceed or even what you should be doing, but we do. If you have a problem and your home has suffered internal damage call us today. We may just be able to make it all better.
If you have questions regarding accident prevention, losses, or anything else related to the topics covered in our blog leave us a message in our ask box. We’d be happy to help.