Purchasing your first home can be an exciting experience, but it can also be an incredibly daunting one. It comes with a lot of responsibility and is a potential lifetime investment. This means you should properly be prepared, especially when it comes to performing standard home maintenance. If you recently purchased your first home, follow these guidelines to try to prevent any major home accidents from occurring:

  • Ensure water drains are properly installed and functioning. Water drains that are not properly set up can lead to significant water damage within a short period of time. Drain water away from the foundation of your home and ensure that no obstructions prevent your drains from working correctly.

  • Regularly inspect your roof. It’s important to inspect your roof for any missing or broken shingles. In addition, you should check your attic for evidence of leaks.

  • Examine your home siding for damage. Whether your home is made of brick, stucco, wood, or any other type of material, you should thoroughly inspect the siding at least twice a year for any type of cracks or separations in its foundation.

  • Check your HVAC system. If you do not take care of your HVAC system, it could potentially cost you thousands of dollars to repair or replace. Be sure to have your unit checked out on a regular basis. This regular maintenance includes keeping the lawn and weeds trimmed, as well as preventing insects from building their homes in or around the unit.

  • Test smoke detectors frequently. Thousands of homeowners deal with fire damage every year, but damages from house fires can be significantly reduced by maintaining your smoke alarms. Check your smoke alarms at least twice a year to make sure they work properly and have fresh batteries.

  • Perform routine home maintenance. Home maintenance includes things such as checking air filters once a month and making sure the moisture-prone areas of your home (such as bathrooms and kitchens) are well-ventilated to prevent mold from growing. You should also use surge protectors to avoid overloading your electrical systems.

By following these tips, you can easily avoid most home disasters that a significant number of homeowners experience every year. If your home does suffer any type of damage from a flood, storm, or fire, you can always depend on FLA-CAT to provide you with outstanding repair services!

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