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Owning your first home is very exciting and is a huge accomplishment. However, through all of the excitement it is easy to overlook some important things about your home. From the exterior to the interior, Disaster Cleanup Services has some tips so that you can avoid a call for help. When you are a renter, you really do not have a lot to worry about, but once you become a homeowner everything changes. Below are some things to check on so that you can avoid costly repair and disaster cleanup services.

The Exterior of your Home

There are several things to look at when you are checking out your new home.

  • Foundation

Your foundation is very important. It is crucial to ensure that all of the water is draining away from your home and that is free of debris. It is also important to check your foundation for cracks due to temperature changes, settling, or stress. This can cause small fractures that can be sealed with cement and waterproof caulk.

  • Siding Materials

You should check your siding at least a couple times a year. Since they are exposed to elements, it is important to make sure there are no cracks, peeled paint, separations, or damages.  Windows are especially prone to gaps and will need to be caulked. If not, your home is exposed to rain, snow, and other elements. This could cause major flooding, mold, and rot.

  • Roof

Your roof is what protects the interior of your home from the elements. It is important to ensure your gutters are clean and that your shingles are all attached and not damaged. If they are damaged, you should have a professional repair them for you. A leaky roof can cause major damages to your home and will warrant a call to a disaster cleanup company.

The Interior of your Home

  • HVAC System

Your HVAC system should be checked before the start of each season. It is important to ensure that it is working properly and that the system is cleaned. As debris in your heating and cooling unit can cause mold spores to travel as well as other allergens.

  • Electrical

Never overload your electrical system. It is important to use surge protectors and to check your plugs and surge protectors often. An electrical fire can cause catastrophic damages to your home. An easy way to prevent this, is through proper electrical maintenance.

  • Smoke Detectors

You should check your smoke detectors at least twice a year. It is important to make sure they have new batteries and are working properly. If you have carbon dioxide detectors, they should be checked at the same time. These could be a lifesaver in catching a fire before it gets worse. Smoke alarms save lives.

  • Water Heater and other Appliances

Check your water heater and other appliances for wear and tear as they can cause leaks. These leaks can lead to major flooding in your home.