With millions of people traveling to visit family over Christmas, there are a number of steps that should be taken to avoid coming home to an unwelcome problem.
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) December 24, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the United States, is offering tips to property owners on avoiding water damage during the Christmas holidays. With millions of people traveling to visit family over Christmas, there are a number of steps that should be taken to avoid coming home to an unwelcome problem.
- Turn off the main water supply. If there is no water coming into the home, then there is no water from which a leak may spring. This avoids overflowing toilets, burst pipes, or other related problems that could ruin the holiday.
- Turn up the heat slightly. This prevents the home from overcooling and keeps stagnant, humid air moving and unable to cause mold related issues while the home is unoccupied.
- Unplug all electronics in order to avoid electrical shorts or power surges. Electronic devices also continue to use power even when turned off, so unplugging them will decrease energy bills as well.
- Use a timer on household lights. By triggering lights to come on and off at predetermined times, the impression is created that the home is occupied, making it a far less likely target for burglars who might be in the area.
- Check gutters and downspouts to make sure they are in optimum working condition. Clogged gutters mean water accumulating in or flowing to all the wrong places, which in turn means the threat of water damage to the home. Make sure they are free and clear of any and all obstructions, and that downspouts properly channel water out and away from the home.
These common sense approaches are simple to execute and can prevent serious and expensive water damage problems for any home or business.
Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage restoration and mold remediation services in the US, with providers in 30 states, 24/7 availability, and same day emergency service. They are certified by the Clean Trust (IICRC) and Restoration Industry Association (RIA) and a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau.