How to Prevent Water, Fire and Other Disasters While On Vacation
Summertime can be chocked full of vacations and trips. Kristen DeCarlo of ServiceMaster ASAP Rochester, NY lends a hand in explaining a few tips on preparing your home before you venture on your summer vacations.
What To Do Before Leaving On Vacation:
With kids out of school and party season upon us, summer is the perfect and most popular time for families to go on vacation. The anticipation of it all is enough to make anyone forget to take care of some very important things before getting away. However, it is imperative that everyone remembers a number of things to do around the house before leaving, in order to avoid fires, floods, and other residential disasters.
Before we get into describing the different tasks you need put on that to-do list, there is something that homeowners must know: According to insurance company statistics, every residence will suffer at least one flood or one fire during every ten-year period.
With that said, here are some of the most important things to remember before leaving your home:
Unplug all appliances and electronics – This includes things like your washing machine, dryer, refrigerator, computer, etc. One of the leading causes of the 400,000 house fires every year is electrically-related. Not to mention, a lot of energy will be saved.
Turn off your water – Water lines can break unexpectedly and cause major water damage. If water sits for a period of days, mold will start to grow, which can lead to a number of different problems.
Postpone newspaper and postal services – Don’t alert to potential burglars that you’re not home. At ServiceMaster by ASAP, we clean up after incidents of vandalism, and all too often, people return home to a house that’s been ransacked and robbed.
Although disasters such as these are impossible to prepare for, there are measures that can be taken to help prevent these occurrences. You’re going to think that many of these tasks are unnecessary, especially since you don’t naturally follow these rules in your daily life, but remember, things always seem to happen at very inopportune times. This week alone, here at ServiceMaster by ASAP, we’ve received three calls from families that have returned home to water damage from a sudden breakage in a water line. This is a terrible way to end your relaxing vacation. Remembering to take care of these simple things before going away, will allow you and your family to worry less and enjoy more!
If you experience any home damage on vacation, make sure to find a local restoration company near you!