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The season is changing, and so should lots of things around your home. As the leaves start to fall from the branches, it is time to prep your home for potential disasters that happen! The following how-to practices will help you with the mitigation of damages on your own.
There are no fancy tricks or hacks when it comes to cleaning out your gutters. The traditional way is to climb a ladder, using a spotter for safety, and scooping out the leaves and debris from your gutters. Gloves will come in handy for this task!
You can also purchase an attachment for your shop vacuum to suck up the debris from the ground. Whichever method you choose, it is important to use water to flush out the gutters down the downpipe. This step will help to show you if you have a clogged pipe. If you do, take your water hose and spray it up the pipe - from the ground - to loosen the debris.
The final step is to install a mesh cover to prevent large debris and leaves from getting into your gutters. Installing the gutter guard is a great way to lengthen the life of your gutters. Also to, prevent clogs and water damage from happening to the outside of your home.
Inspect your home for any leaks in your windows, plumbing, or HVAC systems before it gets too cold! This could help to save you hundreds of dollars, whether on your energy bill or with flooding damage.
If you find a leak in any of your pipes, faucets, or spigots, it is an easy fix! Be sure to turn off the main water line that is going to the leak. Remove the fixture and apply silicone thread tape and apply to the threads, then secure the faucet back onto the pipe, finally, turn the water on and check for leaks (again).
Now is the perfect time to check the batteries on all of your safety devices. This will include fire detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, natural gas detectors, and so on. To do this, there is a test button that you press, and an alarm will sound. If the alarm does not sound, try again, holding the test button down for up to 20 seconds. Then check if the battery is inserted correctly. Lastly, if the alarm does not sound, replace the battery and retest. Please know that if the device does not have this test button, it is outdated and will need to be replaced. Effective safety devices will help to mitigate smoke damage or fire damage.
Something that often gets overlooked in a home are the countless filters that are hidden throughout the home. HVAC, furnace, dryers, humidifiers, range hoods, and the list goes on. To prevent fire disasters in your home, make a routine checklist to replace these filters as recommended by the manufacturer.
The best practice is to keep an active journal of the maintenance you have performed, the batteries you have replaced, and the size of the filters in your home. Being prepared for any situation will leave your house safe from property damage throughout the seasonal changes.
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