2020 Home Safety Checklist
Wishing a safe and happy 2020.
Happy New Years! Start the year off right.....Keep your family and possessions safe by following this home safety checklist:
- Ensure each level of your home has a working fire alarm and carbon monoxide detector
- Create a fire escape plan with your family
- Prepare a home emergency kit
- Invest in a fire proof safe to keep all your irreplaceable/important documents protected
- Get your vents/air ducts & dryer vent cleaned!
- Check appliances (even hair dryers and lamps) for worn or frayed cords. Damaged cords should be replaced and discarded.
- Avoid “knock-off” electrical products. (these products can easily overheat or short circuit)
- Check extension cords and wall sockets- do not overload
- Don’t run cords under rugs or carpeting.
- Change your air filter and inspect your furnace
- Check your range hood and fan are fully vented and free of greasy buildup
- Check your basement for foundation cracks or damage
Lastly, create a home inventory of your belongings. Take pictures or make a video. Keep those receipts! Take pictures of receipts and file them. If you have to make a claim you will need proof of purchase!
Wishing you all a great start to 2020. For more tips, check out our other blogs at https://www.SERVPROkelowna.com/blog/
Protect your home from water disasters!
Flooded basement (PM Images / Getty Images)
Water damage is one of the most common and costly disasters your home can experience. Protect your most important asset against water damage. In the case of an emergency call SERVPRO Kelowna at 250-899-9789 and follow these tips until we arrive https://www.SERVPROkelowna.com/water-damage-tips
Properly maintaining your home is the best ways to prevent water damage/disasters.
- Know the location of the main water shut-off valve in your home.
- Install an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system.
- Inspect all appliance hoses and faucets semi annually
- Inspect showers, tubs and sinks on a regular basis
- Check plumbing and heating pipes.
- If you're heading on vacation, have a friend or family member checking on your home and shut off the water supply to the washing machine before you leave
- Check for cracks in your basement foundation and floors.
And remember to protect your treasured memories before disaster happens. Store your valuables and memorabilia in waterproof bins or fire safes. Keep them stored on shelving and off the floor.
Time is key in the event of water leaks or disasters. There is a water damage
Is there mould in my home?
This is extensive mould growth under floorboards after water damage occurred slowly from a kitchen sink leak.
Health Canada considers indoor mould growth to be a health hazard. Some people are more susceptible than others to mould. Infants, children, the elderly and those with existing health problems such as breathing difficulties are more at risk.
People sensitive to mould are more likely to have:
- eye, nose and throat irritation
- coughing and phlegm build-up
- shortness of breath
- worsening of asthma symptoms
Mould growth can be sneaky and can hide behind walls, floors or above ceiling tiles. It is important to check for the presence of mould anywhere that is damp or humid in your home on a regular basis. If you have experienced water damage in your home, you need to continue to check for mould!
Here are some of the most common places to find mould:
- Crawl Spaces
- (HVAC) Heating and Air System
- Doors and Windows
- Behind Ceiling Tiles
- Under Carpets
Signs of mould can be staining or discolouration on floors, walls, windows, ceiling tiles, fabrics and carpets. Look for obvious signs of leaks, moisture, or a musty odour. Mould will begin to grow within in 48 hours, so immediate attention is key. If there is visible mould and your uncertain how to remove it safely, call us!
Be prepared! Winter is on it’s way to the Okanagan
Having your home prepared for the upcoming winter is a great way to avoid high energy bills and prevent possible water and fire damage. Here are some “must” maintenance tips to get your home ready:
- Inspect your roof
- Replace bent, cracked or missing shingles. Don’t forget to pay attention to areas around skylights, chimneys and vents.
- Clean gutters
- Clear the gutters of leaves, dirt and debris to allow rainwater or melting snow to drain properly. This will prevent water spilling over the sides, possibly causing ice dams and potentially getting into your home's foundation.
- Turn off outdoor faucets and disconnect garden hose(s)
- Turn the water off to outdoor faucets, as well as disconnect your garden hose. Run the tap after to drain as much of the water as possible to prevent freezing. Don’t forget to store your hose in a place away from the elements.
- Inspect your home exterior for cracks and drafts
- Check your home exterior for cracks or gaps and properly seal them. Ensure you check all entry points.
- Check and replace smoke alarms
- Check your smoke detectors to ensure they are working. You should have one on each level of your home.