New Year's Resolutions
for Your Home
We look to the New Year for a fresh
start and better times. Why not include our homes in that time of renewal ?
What catches us off guard is that
things often wear out a little at a time. The extension cords rubs a little,
moves a little and three years later has bare exposed wires that can start a
fire. That process happens with every part of our home.
Make your Home a Safer Place
Everyone knows to install and
regularly check the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It is important enough
that it needs said again.
Walk through your home and check for
water leaks and mold. These can sneak up on any homeowner. That tiny leak can
cause a big mold problem over time. The earlier leaks are found , the less
damage they cause and the easier they
are to correct.
Have the radon checked in your
home. Radon is the second leading cause
of lung cancer and South Western PA area
has over a 50% failure rate.
Check your clothes
dryer vent for blockage. Blocked vents can also cause the dryer heater
component to overheat and fail. At best a lint blockage in the dryer vent can
cost you a couple of hundred dollars in appliance repairs. On the hand, dryer vent
pipe blockage is a leading cause of fires and carbon monoxide in the home.
We live in a world of chemicals.
Some to clean, some to make things smell, some to make things work better and
others to make our homes look pretty.
Many of the chemicals can make some of us very ill.
Check the bottles and cans in
cleaning closets for leakage. Remove chemicals such as pesticides, paint
thinner and gasoline from inside of your home and garage. Storage in an exterior
yard shed is a safe alternative.
Have your furnace cleaned and
serviced each year. Hire a furnace company that also checks for carbon monoxide
and natural gas leaks.
If you have and use a fireplace,
have the chimney cleaned and checked each year before use. Check every heating
appliance for safety, especially the portable heaters.
Consider having a home inspection. We usually only consider
these when purchasing a home, but having a home checked for safety by a
professional can be a good thing while you are still living there. It also
could be a great gift for a senior or other family member not able to keep up
with their home maintenance.
There are over 200 million
appliances that have been recalled.
Check for recalls to avoid fires or save major appliance repair or
replacement. You can check www.CPSC.gov
or use a fee based data base entry service to list and automatically recheck your
appliances each month such as: http://www.appliancerecallcheck.com/