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Property Restoration: Start the New Year Right by Avoiding Home Disasters

One way that you can avoid disaster and the need for extensive property restoration is by maintaining your home appliances.

One way that you can avoid disaster and the need for extensive property restoration is by maintaining your home appliances.

Most New Year’s resolutions involve cutting out the carbs and pumping iron at the gym. However, there are other healthy resolutions you can make that will protect your most valuable resources. As a trusted property restoration company serving Fort McMurray and the Wood Buffalo region, Proserve DKI is all about disaster prevention. That’s why we want you to start 2019 on the right foot with these tips that will not only protect your home, but your family’s well being.


Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals

It’s reported that old and/or faulty wiring is one of the main causes of residential fires in Canada. If your home was built before 1950, it might still feature knob and tube wiring, which uses less stable insulation and doesn’t have a ground wire, which can add to the risk of shocks and/or fire. The same goes for aluminum instead of copper wiring. When it comes to the mitigation of damages from an electrical fire, there are a number of signs you can look for that could indicate your home needs rewiring by a certified electrician. They include:

  • Lights flickering or not turning on to full power
  • Fuses that often blow or breakers constantly tripping
  • Outlets or switches that are hot to the touch
  • Light bulbs burning out faster than normal
  • Burning smell when lights or electrical appliances are turned on


Maintain your Appliances

Both small and major appliances can also be the cause of house fires, smoke damage and even flooding if they are not maintained properly. That’s why it’s important to keep your appliances in good working order at all times of the year. You can prevent appliance caused disasters by:

  • Regularly cleaning out dust and debris in your dryer lint trap and cleaning out the dryer vent pipe at least once or twice a year depending on use
  • Moving kitchen or bathroom appliances and wires away from sinks or other sources of water
  • Keeping appliances away from any sources of heat i.e. stoves, portable heaters, etc.
  • Checking that wiring or pipes have not been damaged
  • Not overloading appliances such as washing machines or dishwashers
  • Making sure that the appliance is plugged in properly and not plugging too many appliances into the same outlet
  • Not leaving appliances to run unattended
  • Replacing damaged and older appliances with newer models


Watch for Water

Floods and mould growth can be caused by all manner of disasters from frozen and leaky pipes to improper ventilation. Prevent water damage inside and outside your home by:

  • Installing sump pumps in crawl spaces and unfinished basements
  • Fixing any and all plumbing leaks
  • Installing proper drainage to keep water from entering your home
  • Preventing ice dams on your roof
  • Improving air ventilation inside your home
  • Hiring professionals to help with any property damage restoration


Think Before Undergoing a Home Renovation

While disasters from flooding to electrical issues can go hand-in-hand with home renovations, there are other dangers that should be attended to if you are fixing up an older home or building.

Prevent the release of toxic materials such as asbestos, lead or even mould by getting an inspection done before you disturb or remove insulation, paint, flooring, or even older cabinetry. If asbestos or any other toxins are found, it’s important to contact a certified company such as Proserve DKI about asbestos cleanup and mould restoration.


For more tips, read Where Hidden Asbestos Might Be Found in Your Home.

One of the most trusted property restoration companies serving the city of Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo region, Proserve DKI offers 24-hour, seven-day-a-week emergency services. Look to us for asbestos and biohazard cleanup, flood restoration, water damage abatement, fire and smoke damage restoration and more.