Whether it is in the form of water damage or fire damage, everyone knows just how costly it can be to repair damage to your home. In an effort to help you save money and reduce the likelihood of having to deal with these stressful situations, here are some top tips for preventing damage from occurring in the first place.
Clean your gutters
If water damage and roof leaks take place as a result of clogged or cracked gutters, your insurance company may refuse to pay out. This will mean that you will either have to go in search of a water damage attorney or take the hit yourself, rather be safe than sorry by inspecting your gutters every few weeks and removing gunk and debris as needed.
Invest in water detection devices
These handy devices are really incredible when it comes to detecting slow leaks which have the potential to become big problems in the future. They have been designed to sound an alarm if, and when, their sensors come into contact with moisture and can be placed near water heaters, sump pumps, washing machines, dishwashers and toilets to help prevent water damage.
Monitor water pressure
Your pipes may burst if water pressure exceeds a certain level. This is something that is easily prevented if you strive to monitor your home’s water pressure on a regular basis. You can do so with the help of a water pressure gauge that you can buy at a local hardware store. This gauge can be attached to an outside faucet, and upon turning the faucet to full force, it will be able to give you a reading.
If you notice that your home’s water pressure is more than 80psi, head back to the hardware store and invest in a pressure regulator.
Test your smoke detectors
In 2017, according to the National Fire Protection Association, a fire department responded to a fire every 24 seconds in the United States. In other words, fires are relatively common. You can protect your home from significant damage should a fire ever break out by ensuring that your smoke detectors are in good working condition. You should be testing all smoke alarms at least once a month by simply pressing the test button. Also, be sure to replace all hard-wired or wireless smoke detectors at least every 10 years.
Stay in the kitchen when cooking
One of the easiest ways to start a fire is to forget that you have something cooking on the stove or in the oven. This is why you should always aim to remain in the kitchen when cooking, just to be safe. While you may think that something like this could never happen to you, if you are running around after children or working on something else, it is very easy to forget.
Keep the aforementioned tips in mind at all times, and you are sure to prevent damage to your home as much as possible.