Your home may be your safe haven away from the dangers of the outside world, but in reality there may be far more hidden dangers at play inside your walls than out. The good news is that most disasters are preventable if you know where to look and what to do. Here are some tips from the experts at RestoreUnow which can help protect your home and family from damage or injury, and save you money on the cost of repairs and restoration.
Install Surge Protectors
Power surges from storm activity or outages can cause permanent or costly damage your electronics such as your television, desktop computer, tablet, security system, and more. Since it's impossible to predict when a power surge may occur, the best line of defense is to plug these items into a high quality surge protector that meets UL 1449 or IEEE 587 standards.
Inspect Your Sump Pump
Heavy rains or wet weather can cause damage to your home if your foundation isn't sealed or your landscape adequately graded. A sump pump helps reduce the risk of flooding to your basement or crawlspace, but periodic testing is required to ensure the unit is operating reliably and efficiently. After long periods of rest, test the sump pump by pouring a few buckets of water into the reservoir to make sure it turns on.
Replace Your Hoses
The hoses that supply the water to your washing machine are typically made from rubber, which can deteriorate over time causing them to burst or leak. Replacing them with high quality no-burst hoses found at most home improvement stores reduces the chance of leakage for added peace of mind.
Trim the Trees
Trees can easily become damaged due to storm activity such as high winds, or at risk due to old age or disease. Those which are in close proximity to your home can pose a threat if overhanging or dying limbs should come crashing down on your roof, other structures, or outdoor equipment. Have a licensed professional inspect and trim mature trees around your property every few years as a preventive measure.
Install and Maintain Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors should be installed on each level of the home including the basement and outside of the bedroom area. Alarms should be tested each month, and the batteries replaced on an annual basis to save lives and minimize the damage in the event of a fire.
Extend Your Reach
If your downspouts are too close to your homes foundation, excess water may be directed towards the structure resulting in leaks, cracks, or shifting. Downspout extensions are an affordable solution that can help redirect the water a safe distance away from your home to prevent water related damage.
The trend towards main or second floor laundry rooms saves homeowners from travelling up and down stairs, but can also cause damage to hardwood or soft flooring during even minor leakage. An effective solution for slow or minor leaks or overflows is the installation of a splash pan, which sits underneath your washer or water heater to prevent mold growth, stains, rotting, and more.
Schedule Restoration Services in Maryland
If disaster strikes your home, trust the experts at RestoreUnow for fast, reliable restoration services throughout Maryland. Call us today at 301-679-0465 for around the clock service, or contact us online to schedule an appointment.
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