Three New Year’s Resolutions For A Safer Home in 2017
It’s that time of year again where we all make our resolutions for the new year. Hitting the gym more, losing that holiday weight, starting a journal, traveling more and so many more are very popular resolutions you hear from friends and family. But how about some resolutions for your home? Here are some New Year’s resolutions for your home in 2017:
Check your dryer for lint.
Did you know that 15,000 building fires a year are attributed to dryer lint, according to the U.S. Fire Administration? It’s a scary statistic, but the good news is that the danger is easily prevented with simple but regular maintenance. Check and empty the lint screen in your dryer after every load, and if you can access the vents and ducts behind the dryer, remove any lint you find with a cloth, brush or shop-vac every six months. If you can’t get to these areas by yourself, hire a professional service provider (or talk to your landlord if you rent) for help with this crucial step. Lint seems innocent, but is highly combustible. Don’t let it spark trouble for your home!
Have your roof inspected.
We trust our roofs to protect and perform, year after year, and they will if quality materials have been installed and regular inspections are conducted. To prevent unwanted surprises, such as water leaks and missing shingles, have your roof inspected by a licensed professional. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends homeowners have their roof inspected at least twice a year. Roofing contractors have the skills and the knowledge to thoroughly inspect and mitigate any potential issues they find while scaling your roof deck. Plus, they can help you handle minimal repairs before they turn into major problems, a huge money saver! Sherriff-Goslin can help you find a roofing professional in your area — simply click here.
Install a radon gas detector.
Regardless of where you live and what type of home building you live in, you could be at risk from radon gas. This invisible and odorless contaminant is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is formed during the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Radon gas exits the ground and can seep into your home through cracks and holes in the foundation — and it can be deadly. But inexpensive and easy-to-install radon detectors are available at home improvement stores, hardware stores and online. Buy and use one in your home to keep you and your family safe from this potential hazard.