There are many perks of homeownership. Having a spot to relax after a long day, entertain friends or raise a family is wonderful. It is important to remember that home protection is also a responsibility.
When most people think about water damage in a house, they think about a leaky roof or a flooded basement. Both of those are terrible events, but water damage can have other, less commonly considered origins. A leaky refrigerator or water seeping out from behind a bathtub or toilet can cause problems as well. One way to prevent certain flooding problems is by installing an automatic water shut off system that can detect leaks and turn off the water to the house before it becomes a major issue. Twice yearly cleanings of gutters will make sure that water is diverted away from the house. Inspect out of the way areas in the attic and basement for signs of water.
One of the scariest things that can happen in a residence is a fire. Early detection is key in saving lives and property. Smoke alarms are a vital part of an early warning system. Replace batteries regularly and ensure that there are enough detectors installed to cover every area of the house. When purchasing new alarms, check the local laws to make sure that the new detectors are up to code.
3. Carbon Monoxide
Something that can slip people’s minds is installing carbon monoxide sensors. Unlike water or smoke, carbon monoxide is impossible to detect by sight, sound, smell, taste or touch. One of the great things about many of the new smoke detector models is that they now come with carbon monoxide sensors built-in. If it is not preferable to have them both together, there are plenty of options sensors for sale that only monitor for carbon monoxide.
Owning a home is wonderful. Being able to rest and relax in a private haven after a long day is a joy. Protecting that refuge is important, as unfortunately, things outside of people’s control can wreak havoc.