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Protecting Your Home During the Holidays: Water Damage Prevention Tips

11/1/2023 (Permalink)


Protecting Your Home During the Holidays: Water Damage Prevention Tips

While the holiday season often conjures images of cozy gatherings and festive celebrations, it's crucial to be aware of potential water damage threats that can occur. Water damage is a more common issue during this time than you might think. Here are some tips and prevention strategies to help ensure your holidays run smoothly:

1. Christmas Tree Watering: Most people are aware of the need to keep their Christmas tree hydrated, but did you know that overwatering can lead to water damage? Excess water in the tree pan can result in dampness and potential water damage around the tree. To prevent this, monitor the water level and only add what's necessary. If you find yourself refilling the pan daily, it's worth checking for leaks in the surrounding area.

2. Fire Safety: A beautifully lit Christmas tree is a holiday hallmark, but it's important to be cautious about fire risks. In the event of a fire, using excessive water to extinguish it can lead to water damage and mold growth in your home. Instead, keep a fire extinguisher readily available to tackle any unexpected blazes safely.

3. Home Security While Traveling: Many people travel during the holiday season, leaving their homes unattended. To avoid the risk of water damage from unexpected pipe leaks, make sure to turn off your water supply if you'll be away for an extended period. Quick action can prevent potential water damage while you're away.

4. Family Gatherings: When hosting family gatherings during the holidays, your plumbing faces increased usage, from extra flushes to greater toilet paper consumption. This can lead to problems like backed-up toilets and clogged drains, potentially resulting in water damage. These issues can become messy and unsanitary, so address them promptly to ensure a worry-free and healthy holiday season.

As you prepare for the holidays, keep these tips in mind to safeguard your home from water damage. Wishing you a joyful and water-damage-free holiday season from the team here at SERVPRO of Inglewood.

Don’t Forget to Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries!

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

"Have you tested your fire alarms?" When prioritizing safety in your home, smoke alarms are an extremely important device. Therefore, always ensure they are charged and working properly!

Smoke alarms are meant to keep you and your families safe. A lot of times, however, smoke alarms are often forgotten about, as they are usually out of sight. Even the highest quality alarms cannot be effective with dead batteries. This is why replacing the batteries inside the smoke alarms in your home is extremely important. Here's a checklist with steps that you should take to ensure that your home is safe:

  • Test each smoke alarm in your home monthly.
  • Change the batteries in all of your alarms at least twice a year. Helpful Tip! Many people find it helpful to change their smoke alarm batteries on Daylight Savings days. 
  • Create, update, and continuously review a fire evacuation plan for your family, making changes and adjustments accordingly.
  • Have fire extinguishers and other safety products on hand in your home as needed

These steps can go a long way toward keeping your family safe in the event of a fire. Once you've taken these steps to ensure your family is safe, water and fire damage cleanup and repair professionals at SERVPRO of Inglewood can help you get back into your Inglewood, CA, home.