Cooler weather is right around the corner! Colder weather often brings home disasters. Luckily for you, Disaster Cleanup Services has tips to help keep your home disaster-free. There are many different areas of your home that should be checked before Fall and Winter arrive. Below we will discuss five places that must be checked!
While checking fire alarms and fire extinguishers should be at the top of the lists, it is often overlooked when prepping your home for cooler weather. Fires start more during the cooler months than at any other time. Take the time to check all of your fire alarms to ensure they are working and that they have fresh batteries. It is also a good idea to check your fire extinguishers, as they can lose their power and may need to be replaced.
Outdoor faucets and spigots should have the hose removed and the faucet covered. You never want to leave your water spigots exposed to the colder weather. This is also the case for any exposed pipes. Pipes can easily become frozen and burst, causing severe water damages to your property.
Have you checked your roof to ensure it is ready for the colder weather? Roofs are built tough and last a long time, but it is important to check your roof’s shingles for any damages. You should also check that your gutters are clean from debris, as ice dams can form, causing significant water damages that may lead to structural rot and mold growth.
Windows and doors can lose their seal over time. If this occurs, not only the colder air enters your home, but also ice and water. Walk through your home and check the windows and doors. Proper sealing will cut down on your electric bill and ensure no water damages will occur!
Fires happen a lot during the colder months. Holidays, family gatherings, and the need for fires in fireplaces are some of the more common reasons. If you are having a family gathering, make sure to keep an eye on your kitchen. If you are cooking, do not become distracted. It could end with a fire inside your home. If you use your fireplace, it is also a good idea to have a guard put in place and to be aware of the fire and the safety that comes with owning one.