As the summertime approaches, it's important to be aware of the potential risks that can lead to home disasters, specifically fire and water damage. The combination of outdoor activities, increased kitchen use, and water-related fun calls for homeowners to take proactive measures to protect their homes and loved ones.
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In this article brought to you by Tidal Wave Restoration, we explore valuable tips to prevent common home disasters during the summertime. We hope that with these guidelines you can enjoy a safe and worry-free summer season without compromising the well-being of your home.
Home fires are both a nightmare and reality for many homeowners, but there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of experiencing such catastrophes.
For beginners, install smoke alarms near bedrooms, on each level of your home, and especially in the kitchen. Regularly inspect smoke alarms and replace batteries as soon as any start chirping. Similarly, make sure you have functional fire extinguishers within reach in an accessible area.
Further, the summer season often involves increased cooking and barbecuing. Avoid kitchen fires by never leaving cooking unattended and keeping flammable objects away from heat sources. On the same token, keep your grill a safe distance from flammable structures, such as the house or trees. Never leave the grill unattended and clean it regularly to prevent grease buildup that can cause flare-ups and potential fire hazards.
Electrical fires are also grave risks. Inspect electrical cords, outlets, and appliances for signs of damage. Watch out for smoking or burn marks on electrical panels, outlets, and switch plates. Avoid overloading outlets and use surge protectors to safeguard against electrical fires. It’s wise to have a certified electrician inspect the electrical system once every two to three years.
Water damage might not be as urgent or calamitous as home fires, but it can also cause devastating damage to your property. We’ve got some tips to help you manage risks.
Check the water line and faucets for any leaks and repair them promptly to prevent water damage. Also keep your eyes peeled for common signs of a hidden water leak, including water stains and discoloration on walls, mold and mildew growth, and surging water bills. Pay attention to outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems, ensuring they are in good condition and not causing water leaks or excessive moisture around the house.
If you’ve got a pool, regularly inspect it for any signs of leaks or damage. Ensure the pool's drainage system is functioning properly to prevent water accumulation around the pool area, which can lead to water damage.
Speaking of drainage, clear debris from gutters to allow proper water drainage and prevent overflow that can lead to water damage to your home's foundation. Make sure the downspouts and drain systems are functioning properly.
Disaster can strike without warning, so make sure you have a fire and water damage restoration company on call. Tidal Wave Restoration is proud to serve the Metro Atlanta area, so give us a call when you need fire or water damage cleanup. Moisture can spread and soot can cause deep damage. Time is of the essence, so don’t waste a minute in arranging fire or water damage removal.