Whether you live in a condominium, mobilehome or site-built house, you want your home to be safe and secure. Some of the most common damage that occurs to homes can sometimes be prevented if you know how to identify, reduce or eliminate risks. Please take a moment to consider the following:
APPLIANCES: Routinely inspect all hoses and lines
on washing machines, dishwashers and icemakers for
kinks, cracks or evidence of deterioration, replacing
them as needed. Vacuum up dust and lint around,
under and behind the dryer. Regularly clean the dryer
vent and pipe to remove accumulated lint and debris,
especially if your dryer vents through the roof.
WATER MAIN: Make sure everyone in your
household knows where the main water valve is in
the home, as well as how to turn it off. Before
traveling, turn off the water at the main valve or
at major appliances.
on the air conditioner for the season and during
monthly use, pour a cup of mild bleach solution down
the drain line to reduce algae and mold. Check the drip
pan under the evaporator coils monthly for standing
water. Have a qualified technician perform regular service
checks to ensure the system is functioning properly.
TUBS, SHOWERS & SINKS: Cracks or mold on
caulking may indicate the seal is no longer watertight.
Remove old caulk, clean thoroughly and dry before
applying new caulk.
ROOF: If you can safely inspect your roof, look
for cracked or missing shingles, rotted wood or exposed
areas near pipes, chimneys and vents. If you are unable
to inspect your roof, consider hiring a home inspector
or roofing company to check your roof annually.
GUTTERS: Clean out gutters once or twice each
year. Make sure downspouts are connected properly
and carry water away from the foundation.
WATER HEATERS: Drain and clean the water
heater as recommended by the manufacturer. Inspect
your water heater annually for rust, cracks and leaks.
TOILETS: Check and replace the fill valve or float
if the toilet tank takes a long time to fill up or runs
constantly. Replace copper and plastic toilet supply
lines with flexible, reinforced hoses.
SMOKE ALARMS: Install smoke alarms on every
level of your home, including in hallways outside of
sleeping areas. Change batteries annually. Monthly,
test the smoke alarms by pushing the test button to
ensure they are operating correctly.
FIRE EXTINGUISHERS: Keep at least one
multi-purpose ABC (rated for most household fires)
fire extinguisher in your home. Inspect your fire
extinguishers periodically to ensure that they are
in working condition.

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