Sticking to your resolutions can be tough but definitely isn't impossible. Many of the top resolutions people have boil down to one main thing-healthy living. That includes eating, exercising, and having a healthy home. Well, we aren't nutritionists or physical trainers, BUT we are indoor air quality experts, and we can help you keep your healthy home resolutions!
It's been proven that writing down and revisiting your resolutions regularly, makes them much more likely to become reality. So, grab a pen and paper and make a checklist for improving the IAQ in your home and ultimately your health.
Avoid Cabin Fever and follow these Tips for easily preventable water damage, recommended by USAA.com:
Perform an insurance check. Good news you CAN sit on the couch for this one. Take the time to read your policy and get to know exactly what it covers. Most homeowner's insurance policies are intended for emergencies, not things considered maintenance like keeping up with replacement-hoses for your appliances. Once you have refreshed yourself on what is considered the insurance company's responsibility and what is yours, it's time to get to work.
The kitchen (often called the heart of the home) contains two leak-prone appliances: dishwashers and refrigerators. Leaking pipes, hoses, and drains under these heavily used appliances can cause significant and expensive water damage to floors, cabinets, walls, or pretty much any surface the water touches. And since signs often appear behind or under the dishwasher and fridge, leaks often get overlooked. So, next time you get tempted to wonder into the kitchen to grab a snack from the fridge, perform an inspection instead!
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The bathroom: The toilet, the sink, the shower, the bathtub, and even the exhaust fan (if you have one) can cause excessive moisture problems which can lead to water damage and mold. Water use is the main purpose of this room and it is naturally more prone to water damage occurrences, so don't neglect it. Regularly inspect this room. Follow the kitchen tips above.
The laundry: The often-used washing machine is the most hazardous appliance you own when it comes to water leaks. It may be convenient to have your washer and dryer on the main floor or near the main living space, but that's also where many valuable furnishings and electronics are located. And few laundry rooms have a drain that can help prevent water damage.
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Appliance room: Water Heaters
Like washing machines, water heaters can cause more damage if they're located on the main floor rather than the basement. Often installed and forgotten, water heaters that have passed their life expectancy - typically about 10 years - can start to rust or corrode. And without a floor drain or a drain pan piped to a floor drain, a leak can quickly wreak havoc. IBHS reports that water heater failures cost an average of $4,444 per incident, after the deductible.
What You Can Do
Drains and Sump Pumps
A backed-up sewer drain may cause the most unpleasant and dreaded of all leaks - sewage that overflows into your home. If your home sits at the low end of a hill or lower than street level, it's more susceptible to sewer backups.
What You Can Do
Don't forget the importance of maintenance and preparation: Proud homeowners are also proactive homeowners. Happy Healthy Living!
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