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4 Disasters to Prepare for Before Traveling

Preparing your home against disaster before heading out of town is the best way to protect it while you’re away. 

Preparing your home against disaster before heading out of town is the best way to protect it while you’re away. 

For some, getting away for the weekend or week is a great way to blow off some steam and melt away the workweek stresses. However, it can also mean leaving your home unattended and vulnerable to disasters. That’s where emergency preparedness can be really helpful in avoiding post-disaster and biohazard clean up.

Before you pack your bags and head off on your next stress-relieving trip, be sure to prepare your home in advance. From ensuring your home doesn’t burst into flames to protecting the pipes from freezing and bursting, here’s a list of the most common disasters and how to avoid them.


1. Your Home Gets Broken Into

A home invasion of any kind is terrifying. Oftentimes the home gets trashed in addition to being robbed. To make sure your home doesn’t look like the perfect target for thieves, you should:

  • Leave a car parked in the driveway or have a neighbour park there while you’re away.
  • Ask a trusted friend or family member to either stay at or visit your home often while you’re gone.
  • Install an alarm system or test the one you currently have.
  • Avoid posting about your travel plans on social media. Be sure to mention this tip to the rest of the family members taking off with you too.


2. A Fire Claims Your Home

Coming home from vacation to find your home has turned into a pile of ash isn’t great. Whether a rogue lightning strike hit your home or faulty wiring caused a spark, the devastation is a hard pill to swallow. Before you make travel plans, consider having lightning rods installed and making an appointment to have the electrical wiring in your home inspected.

For even more electrical fire prevention tips, check out our previous blog post: 5 Proactive Ways to Avoid an Electrical Fire Clean Up.


3. Your Home Fills with Water

It’s not totally unusual for a septic system or hot water tank to fail. When a homeowner is there to stop the water, damage can be minimal. However, if the water continues to run freely while you’re away, the flood clean up will be extensive.

To protect yourself and your home before packing up and shipping out, there are a few things you should do around the house:

  • Check the hot water tank for rust on the outside or water pooling beneath it. That’s a good indication that something’s failing.
  • Inspect the washing machine. A bulge in the hose can indicate a weak spot.
  • Turn the water supply off before stepping out the door.
  • Keep the temperature set at a consistent temperature to ensure the pipes don’t freeze.
  • Have a trusted friend or family member check in on your home, especially if the temperature drops suddenly.


4. A Windstorm Damages the Exterior

A windstorm can blow shingles off your roof, damage fencing and other property, and uproot trees. To guard your home against these types of damages, we recommend:

  • Putting away or securing all outdoor furniture.
  • Regularly check your roof for loose or missing shingles.
  • Remove dead trees promptly from your yard.

Proserve DKI has been offering property restoration services to the Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo region since 1976. Available 365 days a year, 25 hours a day, the crew at Proserve can restore all properties with expert performance and the most sophisticated equipment in the industry.