"Do It Yourself" Quick Home Mainenance Tips to help prevent fires and floods in your Spokane Valley home
- Snake your dryer duct at least once a year to prevent lint buildups that can cause fires. You'll want to clean off the lint screen after every cycle, and snake the dryer duct annually. This little brush kit will push the lint from one end of the duct to the other, making it a relatively easy job. You can also attach it to your drill if you want to give the duct a really good scrub.
- Inspect all the trees that surround your home for damage or bending that may point to a future break. a heavy branch can cause severe damage to your home. Be sure to prune trees (except during fall or when they are wet) to keep the weight evenly distributed, and examine the trees for cracks, awkward leaning, exposed roots, or irregularly browning leaves, which may be symptoms of illness or instability.
- Recaulk your bathroom every few years to prevent water damage. After about five years, you'll probably notice the caulk in your bathroom peeling, cracking, or breaking off completely. Once that happens, it's important to replace it in order to prevent mildew, mold, and water damage.
- Clean out your gutters twice a year to prevent water damage and pest infestations. You may need to clean the gutters more often based on the landscaping, but doing it during spring and fall is a good rule of thumb. It can be dangerous to do the job yourself, so you may want to hire a professional if you don't feel confident or safe about the process.
- If your pipes are prone to freezing, protect them with heating cables. Frozen pipes can split and crack, so prevention is a way less aggravating chore. Tape heat cables to exposed pipes, then wrap them in fiber glass. It's also a good idea to leave a tap dripping when it gets especially cold so the water stays in motion.
- Check to make sure smoke alarms are working and fire extinguishers are charged so you're always prepared for the worst. At very best, house fires are expensive to deal with and at worst, they can be deadly. Best practice is to check the charge on your fire extinguisher once a month. Around the same time, you should hit the test button on smoke alarms so you know they're working. Once a year, you should replace the batteries, vacuum around the vents, and spray the outside of the alarm with insect repellent.
- And scrub down the range hood to keep your air clear and prevent a grease fire. The range hood does a lot of hard work in the kitchen, sucking up all the smoke and airborne grease droplets — or at least, that's what it's supposed to do. If it's not, you definitely want to give it a thorough cleaning. Start by wiping down the outside of the hood with soapy water whenever you clean the rest of your surfaces, then clean the filter every second month. To do so, just swish it around in hot, soapy water, then rinse it off and let it air-dry before re-installing it. While that's drying, spray the underside of the hood with an all-purpose cleaner, leave it to soak for a few minutes, then wipe it off with a wet sponge.
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