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Hidden Dangers In Your House.

1. Inspect your roof and attic:9 Hidden Dangers In Your Home

The number one concern with the roof is leaks. Yearly roofing inspections will help you identify potential problems. Ideally, hire a professional to do the inspection; if you choose to inspect the roof yourself, be sure to take proper safety precautions. Undetected water leaks can seep into your home for months and you may not know it. The longer the leak occurs and moisture builds up the more likely you will have to deal with costly mold problems, not to mention you will need to remove and replace all the wet materials. If you have an attic in your home, inspect it periodically and be sure to inspect it during some rainy days because that will help you identify potential leaks in the roof as well. While you are in the attic, look for signs of pests, such as rodents and insects that could cause potential problems as well.

 

2. Protect your home from intruders:

Most break ins occur during the day and 70% of burglars look for easy entry through open doors or windows. With this in mind, it is important that you secure all your windows and doors to eliminate easy access. In addition, you may want to consider installing an electronic alarm system to further secure the valuables in your home: jewelry, guns, laptop computers, cell phones and other electronic devices.

3. Practice safe cooking:

Cooking is one of the leading causes of home fires. Cook with caution. Do not place flammables near your burners and never use water to douse out a fire if you are cooking with oil or grease. Grease fires can spread very quickly. To be safe, keep a fire extinguisher nearby.

 

4. Check your plumbing regularly:

Check your plumbing regularly for leaks. Check all areas in the home that have plumbing: bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room, and furnace room, and do a visual inspection for plumbing leaks. Check under the sinks and inspect the pipes. In addition, check the hoses of your washing machine and the water hose that goes into your refrigerator if you have a fridge that has an automatic ice maker. Don’t forget to inspect the water heater as well for leaks. Visually inspect your ceilings and walls for water damage as well. If you notice water stains, then you could have leaky pipes. If you are concerned about hidden leaks, invest in a thermal imaging inspection to identify hidden leaks. Thermal imaging is also beneficial because it can identify potential hidden electrical hot spots. Identifying leaks is important because it causes water damage which can also lead to mold growth. To prevent mold, keep moisture in check. As a final precaution, if you are planning to go on a vacation, inform trusted neighbors and friends and get them to check your house. You may also want to completely shut off the water to your home.

 

5. Maintain your laundry room:

Clean out the pipe that vents out the warm air build up in your dryer with a brush that you can purchase from your local hardware store. Doing this will accomplish two key objectives. First, you will be eliminating debris that could catch fire. Second, by improving the air flow, your dryer will function more efficiently, saving you energy. Another precautionary measure is to avoid drying clothes that have been soiled with volatile chemicals such as gasoline, cooking oils, cleaning agents, or finishing oils and stains; if possible dry these items outside. The reason you want to avoid drying these types of items relates to the fact that debris from your dryer can accumulate and these chemicals, along with the heat from the dryer can lead to a fire.

 

Sanjay Gupta. “9 Hidden Dangers In Your Home!” Web blog post. Asbestos Mold Connecticut. 29 Oct 2015

 

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