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Reconstruction services being offered at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo
Many of our customer know that SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo is remediation company but what they don't know is that we are also offering reconstruction as well!
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo is excited to offer restoration and reconstruction services to our community after experiencing any kind of damage to their property. Having a damage occur in your home is never a good thing.
Especially when you don’t know where to start or who to call. Down below is brief experience of what to expect with working with SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo:
In the beginning one of our expert inspectors will come to your home to inspect the damage and provide you with an estimate for the needed services. Once the estimate has been approved by either you or your adjuster our office staff will schedule with an appointment to start the work. They will work and communicate with you throughout the whole process. After the work has been completed, our technicians will continue to work with you and your insurance company to make sure we have completed the job to your satisfaction.
Equipment rental during wildfires.
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo is thankful for the fire fighters out there that are protecting our communities and giving us peace of mind.
With having local wildfires, it can lead to areas nearby smoke in the air. This can bad air quality in the area until the smoke has been cleared. In the meantime, SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo can offer air filtration services and equipment that can make the environment you are in better.
Using our professional equipment in your house, office, clinics, and basically any enclosed area that may have smoke air quality can help you feel more at ease until the fires have minimized. We can rent out our equipment anytime 24/7 if you’re in need of them. Anytime we have a local wildfire near us we always get an abundant number of calls to rent out our equipment to our customers. SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo is always happy to help people in our community in order to make them feel at ease.
Why you should pick SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo!
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo has been a brand you can trust and know since 1967. We have helped many homeowners in the city. Providing water and fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo delivers service to all. No matter if its is a car to a large commercial building we are always here to help you out. Having fully trained technicians available 24/7 for your emergency needs, SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo is ready to restore your property and make it, “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo can help restore damage caused by:
- Water damage
- Fire damage
- Disaster damage
- storm damage
- flood damage
- Mold damage
- Biohazard clean-up
- Rodent infestation clean-up
- And many more.
So, give SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo a call right away when any of the damages mentioned above right away at 805-541-1271. We will be happy to help you out on your property!
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo
When disaster strikes, property owners need to make a lot of decisions quickly and under pressure. Effective disaster remediation involves a lot of moving parts: remediation specialists, insurance companies, local codes, state codes, documentation and more—and all of this must happen in an atmosphere charged with emotion and stress.
Joseph Powers of SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo says, “Efficiency is key when you are dealing with disaster remediation; it saves our customers money, and it makes our work more effective. SERVPRO is an industry leader in work efficiency technology—continually innovating to help both our customers and our business control costs.”
Industry standards: Does your remediation company deliver a product that meets the standards set by
- The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)?
- Most major insurance companies, including cycle times and deadline requirements?
Recordkeeping: Does your remediation company have a system in place to ensure accurate, complete, and convenient benchmarking of each step of the remediation process, including
- Capturing and updating data, including job diary notes, electronically and real-time on the jobsite, with simultaneous updates saved at the central office?
- Using e-signatures to help eliminate lost paperwork and the need to scan documents?
- Providing a complete record of the damage and remediation efforts in images, with descriptions, start-to-finish?
Equipment selection: Does your contractor have the ability, on-the-spot, to
- Identify the right equipment for the job, based on the damage description?
- Validate the use of each piece of equipment, automatically, as part of the remediation records?
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals specialize in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo, please contact Joseph Powers at (805) 541-1271 or office@SERVPROsanluisobispo.com. For more information about SERVPRO, please visit our website.
You can trust SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo can help with any damage restoration services you may need; we’ve got it taken care of. You can always trust us to be 100-percent efficient in any of our many services, whether they are commercial or residential.
We’ve provided the Central Coast with the best restoration and repair services since 1967 and to this date we’re still the best choice for damage restoration in the county.
We know the stress fire damage, heavy storms, and mold can put on your residence or business and we’re here to make sure you don’t have to deal with the tedious tasks that follow. Every hour you spend cleaning up is an hour of productivity lost, so why not hire the best guys that are readily equipped for the job? We are constantly investing in the most advanced fire and mold training methods and techniques to make sure we stay up to date on the latest stuff so we can truly provide you with the best fire and mold damage repair services.
Is that all?
Not only do we offer fire, water, and storm damage restoration, but we also offer cleanup and emergency services too! Rodent infestations? Not an issue at all, we can take care of that as well! But what about biohazards, you might ask, can SERVPRO do that too? Our answer is “of course!” We’re highly trained in all areas of damage restoration and cleanup.
We even have access to strategically placed special disaster recovery teams throughout the country to provide you with 24-hour service and the fastest response time in the event of an emergency. Our goal is to respond as quickly as possible to your area of need and make it “Like it never even happened.” With our team of highly skilled specialists, you can rest easy knowing that SERVPRO has your back against whatever natural disasters may occur.
What are you waiting for? Call SERVPRO today!
We’re a friendly company and we’re eager to help new customers. Our joy comes from seeing the smiling faces of our customer.
Call fire and mold damage restoration specialists today at (805) 541-1271
What are IICRC Standards and Role at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo technicians are certified with IICRC. IICRC is Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. They have standards and roles that our technicians follow.
What are IICRC Standards?
According to the IICRC website: The IICRC is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) member and accredited standards developer. ANSI is responsible for overseeing the development of national consensus standards and verifying that the requirements for due process, consensus, and other criteria for approval have been met by the standard’s developer.
What is IICRC’s role as a Standards Developing Organization?
It handles all the procedural work involved in developing the standards, which involves many steps including: putting together a Consensus Body (committee of volunteers who write the standards); administering the online workspace; scheduling and organizing all web and in-person meetings; coordinating the public review process; conducting the Consensus Body approval ballot; addressing any appeals as needed; editing the document; getting ANSI approval; and then publishing the final standard. As one of the first organizations to serve as a resource to others in the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industry, they are set out to create a set of best practices—or standards—to connect our industries together. Their standards serve to develop common, industry-accepted language that enables any users to discuss concepts and procedures more universally regarding cleaning, inspection, and restoration.
Why you should pick SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo!
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo
When your home or business has had some kind of damage water, fire, mold, etc, it can be difficult to find people who genuinely understand and who want nothing more than to help you get through this situation.
You can trust the professionals here at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo. With our knowledgeable technicians here on your side, we will provide an unbeatable customer service experience that you will not find anywhere else. Our project Coordinators will walk you through the damage and will thoroughly explain the plan of action at the beginning of the loss. You can trust that SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo will take you in the right direction that is best suited for your specific needs.
Our staff is always available throughout the job process to answer any questions and address any concerns you have about the process 24/7. We fully understand the difficulty of seeing your home in a damaged state. That is why here at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo we treat your home as if it were our own and we will treat you as if you were family.
At the end of the project, our Lead Technician and Reconstruction Coordinator will walk you through the project and will discuss the reconstruction steps with you to bring your home back to its former glory.
Why SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo?
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo has always helped families in the city of San Luis Obispo and the surrounding areas.
Our team is trained to handle any kind of disaster water, fire, mold, etc.… Our project managers, lead techs, and auditors are certified IICRC. We We take pride in our ability to advise property owners on their property damage situation. We always offer the best course of action, even if that action is to refer to another company or to go a different direction. With our expertise comes an ethical obligation to inform without bias, and we try to give objective advice for our customers and potential customers at all times.
Our technicians will work together with a customer so that they have the necessary information to make the right decision when it comes to their property. People will always come first at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo, and we carry that thought through everything we do.
Board Up Services After a Fire Damage
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo offers board ups at any time of the day regular business hours or after hours.
When it occurs in a commercial property, there may still be viable stock on the premises. If products that appear viable remain in the building, you should consider boarding up. These items may require assessment and cleaning and may not be fit for sale, but having them properly processed rather than stolen can be helpful for insurance purposes.
Owners will want to protect electronics and other valuables. Depending on the extent of the fire damage, you may be able to restore some electronics or other valuable property to working condition.
If the structure of your property has sustained extensive damage, you should try to keep the elements out to prevent additional damage. Exposure to additional water, wind, or sunlight can compound the damage caused by smoke residue and soot.
Limit soot damage. When soot gets embedded into carpeting or upholstery, it can be much more difficult to restore these materials to a pre-fire condition.
Emergencies happen when you least expect it.
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo is here to help you with your fire, water, sewage restoration emergencies. Damages that can cause a lot of issues can happen at any time and are often unexpected. Electrical fire from a charger, broken pipe, tree falling down onto your house on a really windy day, and so much more can happen on your property. Which is why SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo is available 24/7. Emergency services to ensure that our clients receive a quick and professional service out there. One of our goals is to make sure that our clients are happy and satisfied with our services. Our team of technicians understand what you may be going through and are here to help and guide you on how to deal with all types of damages that may occur. Don't hesitate in giving us a call to SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo at 805-541-1271.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
The world has changed within this year and what it means to be clean. So, let customers and employees know that SERVPRO, the nation’s #1 choice in cleanup and restoration, was there with a higher cleaning standard, Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
As your favorite stores and local businesses will be starting to open their doors again, we are offering them an additional step to help ensure your confidence with a higher cleaning service.
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo has already been starting to help them out from residential properties to commercial properties owners in order to have a safe and clean environment for their customer or family.
With our new Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program is a weekly viral pathogen cleaning service,
designed just for your business.
You can count on with SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo to make sure that your properties are CERTIFIED: SERVPRO Cleaned. Give us a call at 805-541-1271.
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo Services
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo
Whether you need emergency flood damage restoration or top-to-bottom home cleaning, you can trust the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo to make your house feel like home again. They have the training, experience, and equipment to quickly get your home looking its best. The services we provide for residential properties include:
WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION
FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION
STORM DAMAGE RESTORATION
Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, the professionals at SERVPRO OF San Luis Obispo have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” The services we provide for commercial properties include:
COMMERCIAL WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION
COMMERCIAL FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION
COMMERCIAL MOLD REMEDIATION
COMMERCIAL CLEANING SERVICES
COMMERCIAL STORM AND MAJOR EVENT REMEDIATION
Call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened"
SERVPRO Tips for Home Owners to Help Identify Mold
Mold is everywhere. It’s a type of fungus that grows from tiny spores that float in the air. It can grow almost anywhere that spores land and find moisture and a comfortable temperature, between 40 and 100 degrees F. Typically that includes about every damp place in your home.
You can easily spot the most visible type of mold, called mildew, which begins as tiny, usually black spots but often grows into larger colonies. It’s the black stuff you see in the grout lines in your shower, on damp walls, and outdoors on the surfaces of deck boards and painted siding, especially in damp and shady areas.
Mildew is a surface type of mold that won’t damage your home’s structure. But other types of mold cause rot. If the wood is soft or crumbles, the fungi have taken hold and rot has begun. We’ll show you how to remove mold from wood in a few steps.
If you have a high concentration of mold, you may smell it. If you detect the typical musty odor, check for mold on damp carpets, damp walls, damp crawlspaces and wet wood under your floors, wet roof sheathing and other damp areas.
If you property has mold call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened"
6 Reasons Why SERVPRO is the best in the Industry
SERVPRO Emergency Ready
Many Families and Business Owners rely on SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo to restore their damaged property for many reasons. Here are 6 reasons.
1. We Respond to You Immediately
We always have someone that will take your call 24/7.
2. You’re Part of Our Team
We work with you and for you. You receive a complete explanation of the work we will do and why it needs to be done a certain way.
3. SERVPRO Is Qualified
Our repair and restoration technicians have the best training in the industry. Our results will create a measurable difference for you.
4. We Have the Latest Technology
In the past years there has been a rapid advancement in technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. With these advancements it allows SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo to restore your property to pre loss condition quickly and more effectively.
5. We Handle Any Loss from A Natural Disaster—Big or Small
Have multiple locations? No problem. Suffer a small loss from water or fire? We can handle any kind of loss that has been done to your property. Whether it is your house or commercial location.
6. We’re Approved, Certified, And Experienced
We’re trained to IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards in fire and water cleanup and restoration. SERVPRO has been in business for more than 50 years. Hard-earned results have made SERVPRO a leader in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry.
Smooth Claim Process with SERVPRO
If you have suffered a disaster at your home or business the last thing you want to stress about is the insurance claim. For this reason, our whole team ensures they make the claim process stress free as possible. SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo will help make it “Like it never even happened.” That way you, your family or business can get back to what is important.
Our goal is to make the insurance process is smooth as possible during a loss. Therefore, we will:
• Create thorough visual and written documentation of the damage to your home or business
• Document the condition of each item we remove for cleaning or storage
• Work directly with your insurer, communicating with the insured along the way as well.
• Handle the paperwork to make sure the processing and payment of your claim is as fast as it can be.
We are so proud that so many insurance companies recommend SERVPRO to their client. They are fully aware of the benefits that come along with our partnership.
Our team is here for you if you experience a disaster. Our technicians have specialized training and years of experience in water, fire, mold and biohazard clean up and restoration services.
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo takes extra steps to store your belongings
Water, Fire, and Mold damage affect not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo understands that your home is more than a structure. Your belongings are important to us, which is why we provide the following to help restore and protect your belongings while we are remediating your home.
If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out will include the following:
- A quicker remodeling processes
- Protecting items from potential damage
- Protecting contents from further on-site damage
When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.
When there is no space for your personal items to be stored in a safe place in your property. SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo arranges all the paperwork for your personal items to be stored in an offsite storage unit that will be close for you in order to get personal items in and out without any problems.
Contents Claim Inventory Service
When disaster strikes, the damage can often feel overwhelming. Well we can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service. It provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We take a room-by-room inventory of your personal items, including digital photos, and in some cases bar coding.
If your home and belongings need restoration services, rest assured that SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo has you covered. We can pack out, store and restore your belongings.
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo often get questioned of Why should we choose SERVPRO? What is it that SERVPRO can offer or do differently than all the other cleaning and restoration companies out in the community? The answer to those questions always starts the same way, with the list of all the training and certifications held by SERVPRO technicians, the process that is used to manage different projects, and the support provided by corporate and the SERVPRO network. While those are all valuable assets, what truly sets SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo apart is the team we have on hand. Between the office manager, production manager and our production team, they average 8 to 12 years of experience just with SERVPRO. This amount of experience provides them with all the tools and knowledge necessary to handle projects of any type or size. Whether it is a simple carpet cleaning job or a large fire loss, the crew at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo has the experience to make it "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo Reports About The Benefits Of Professional Residential Cleaning Services
Even with regular tidying and cleaning the typical household vacuum and carpet cleaner are rarely industrial enough for deep thorough cleaning that a home needs now and then. Once in awhile, it’s nice to have someone come in, move the furniture and get those nooks and crannies and overhead shelves and Joe Powers of SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo water damage specialists, has some tips about the benefits of deep cleaning.
When does a home need a deep cleaning? This answer depends on the how often a homeowner or renter wants a cleaning that gets deep into carpets, drapes and upholstery and leaves no damp, soggy spots behind. Professional services can include cleaning the HVAC system, removing strange looking spots from carpets and upholstered furniture, and eliminating persistent odors.
Basically, any time is a good time for a deep, thorough cleaning. Along with the usual “spring cleaning,” or preparing a home for the holidays or a special event, other circumstances include:
- Preparing the home for sale
- Cleaning up after tenants or a hoarding situation
- Periodic deep cleaning to help with allergies and respiratory conditions
- Cleaning carpets, upholstery, even floors and walls after a prolonged illness
- Toilet and sewage overflow
- Water and mold damage
- Fire damage
- Trauma or crime scene clean up
Kids spill food and drinks, pets have accidents, and dust, dirt and odd odors invade even the cleanest spaces. Grime (and other surprises) pile up behind refrigerators, stoves and the washer and dryer. Life happens and deep cleaning can range from deeper regular cleaning, to removing biohazard contaminants, and removing trash and junk from a hoarding situation. Biohazard removal, which can include blood, vomit, urine, feces and contaminated materials, is beyond the scope of the average housecleaning service.
A recent article in Health eNews cites the following reasons for keeping a house clean:
- Lowering stress and fatigue
- Reducing allergy and asthma symptoms
- Improving safety
- Lessening the spread of germs
- Keeping pests away
The professional teams from companies such as SERVPRO have been thoroughly trained for cleaning up a wide range of situations. These professionals have all of the safety gear required for working with contaminated materials, all of the supplies and equipment for thorough cleaning and decontamination.
Whether the home is just ready for a deep general cleaning, or has been damaged or contaminated, the SERVPRO experts are the people to call.
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA
National Preparedness Month Offers Home and Business Owners an Opportunity to Resolve to be Ready for an Emergency
National Preparedness Month
National Preparedness Month Offers Home and Business Owners an Opportunity to Resolve to be Ready for an Emergency Local SERVPRO disaster restoration specialist highlights no-cost tools to help property owners prepare and maintain a comprehensive emergency readiness plan.
San Luis Obispo, CA (Grassroots Newswire) August 28, 2019 - No matter where you live or work, emergencies caused by weather, fire, wind, water, and other natural or manmade disasters can strike at any time and are largely unpredictable. SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo reminds San Luis Obispo-area home and business owners that preparing in advance is the best thing you can do to help minimize a disaster's impact on your loved ones and your property. Each year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designates September as National Preparedness Month, a time to create, or update, your plan for when disaster strikes.
In the same way that people make resolutions at the New Year, National Preparedness Month is a great time to resolve to create a plan, or review your existing plan, each and every year, said Joseph Powers of SERVPRO® of San Luis Obispo. Everyone needs a comprehensive emergency plan. Business owners also need to plan for business interruption and continuation. But equally importantly, families and businesses alike need immediate access to data like emergency and insurance contacts, shut-off valves, electrical panel locations, and the line of command to authorize work so emergency responders can react quickly and appropriately during the emergency. This month's focus on preparedness is a great incentive for both families and businesses to put a plan in place and review it regularly.
Creating an emergency plan is straightforward, according to Powers. No matter what type of threats exist where you live or work, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, or other natural or manmade disasters, tools are available from FEMA (https://www.ready.gov) with guidelines for preparing emergency food, water, and medical supplies; planning for special needs; and creating communication and evacuation plans. These tools and others, like the SERVPRO READY app, also help you store essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. Both home and business owners can download the free app at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp.
Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) to be stored in the READY app.
The key to getting your life or business back on track is timely response after a disaster strikes. That's why it's important to take the time to record and store your information electronically, and then commit to a time like National Preparedness Month to review and update your records at least once each year, said Powers. Remember, filing cabinets and their contents may be inaccessible or even destroyed in an emergency situation, so don't depend on them to keep track of critical insurance, property, or contact information in the event of a disaster. Store your data electronically. If disaster strikes, you'll have the information you need literally at your fingertips.
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it "Like it never even happened," for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo, please contact Joseph Powers at (805) 541-1271 or office@SERVPROsanluisobispo.com.
For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.
Why you should not clean up a blood spill on your own.
Accidents and crimes happen every day. Some of these incidents result in blood spills. While it may seem like the right thing to do at the time, victims of violent crimes and accidents should never attempt to clean up areas with blood for several important reasons:
PSYCHOLOGICAL & EMOTIONAL SAFETY
Going through a bloody accident or violence is a traumatic experience that can haunt you for years especially if it's someone you know. Maintaining your emotional and psychological health is important so no further damage is created is critical in traumatic situations. Family members should protect each other during this critical recovery time which means that cleaning up blood yourself will not help heal the people involved. In fact, after a violent experience a person can develop Critical Incident Stress disorder, also known as CIS. OSHA published a CIS Guide about this disorder; it is one of the most important reasons not to clean up blood spills yourself. It’s critical in situations like this to contact a professional team, such as SERVPRO, who will work fast and treat your family with sensitivity and respect during a traumatic experience.
Blood borne pathogens can pose immediate dangers to untrained persons attempting to clean up blood. The Center for Disease Control lists the most concerning blood borne diseases: HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are three of the most common and dangerous. C-Diff and MRSA are also deadly bacteria that are easily transmitted through blood. These pathogens should be considered as deadly and dangerous from either accidents or crimes blood spills which require professional biohazard cleaning services.
SERVPRO can help with any type of blood cleanup including suicide cleanup, homicide cleanup, decomposition cleanup, and industrial accident scenes.
When faced with tragedy, do the right thing: protect your family and loved ones and call in professionals. We are here to help and will make it a priority to assist you in a prompt and timely manner.
"Maintenance tips every new homeowner needs to know."
Owning your first house is exciting! You can build a killer deck or paint the walls purple on a whim. When it comes to renovations and personalizing your new home, however, you may find yourself stuck trying to figure out where to begin. The solution to this quandary is quite simple. Before you fire up the cordless drill or contemplate knocking down walls, you’ll want to take care of a few preventative home maintenance tasks first. Home maintenance can be daunting for new homeowners if you’re used to calling a landlord to come fix your problems. But stick to this list of maintenance tips for new homeowners to make sure your bases are covered.
Locate Your Main Water Shut Off Valve
Gallons of water rushing out of a burst pipe can wreak havoc on your drywall, flooring and belongings. In fact, non-weather-related water damage is the second most common homeowner’s insurance claim. So, you need to be able to cut off the flow of water into your home quickly in case of an emergency.
Find your water shut off valve. This is where the water main enters your house. It's often — but not always — located near a street or alleyway. Next, be sure you know how to close it. You may need to purchase a special tool, such as a crescent wrench or "curb stop key", both to access and actually turn the valve.
Find Your Circuit Breaker Box
While you’re searching your closets, basement, garage and front and back yards for your main water shut off valve, be on the lookout for your circuit breaker box. Once you've identified it, determine which fuses control the electricity in various areas of your house and label them accordingly.
Call 811 Before You Dig
Whether you’re planting shrubs or building a new fence, you need to be sure you won’t hit any utilities when you break ground. Call 811, the national dig-safely hotline. They'll send the utility companies out to mark the locations of underground pipes, wires and cables. Not only will you avoid expensive repairs and neighborhood-wide cable outages with 811's help, but you'll also ensure that any work you do on your property will be conducted under much safer conditions.
Check Your Foundation
If rain and melting snow drench the soil around the base of your home, pressure can build up and inflict structural damage on your foundation. Worse, if a leak springs and water come into direct contact with your home's foundation, it can expand any existing cracks and cause expensive problems. To prevent the weakening of your foundation, be sure the ground around your foundation slopes away from your house at least 6 inches over 10 feet. Be sure your gutters are clean and draining properly. Finally, caulk any small cracks in your foundation walls before they have a chance to becomes big deals.
Check Your Attic Insulation
If your attic inspection reveals that the tops of your floor joists are visible, then your home is insufficiently insulated. The recommended amount of insulation for most attics is about 10 to 14 inches of material, depending on the type of insulation used. The attic is the easiest place to add insulation to improve your home’s energy efficiency. A well-insulated house can save you up to 30 percent on your energy bills, increase your property value and keep your family a lot more comfortable.
Proceed Cautiously When Drilling into Walls
Plumbing pipes, duct work, wires and cables are hidden in most homes. Before you power up your drill, use a battery-operated stud sensor to detect studs, cables, ducts and the other vital veins and arteries running just beneath the surface of your walls. Since stud sensors aren’t always 100% accurate, avoid damage by drilling only 1 and one-fourth inches deep – just enough to clear the drywall and plaster but miss most wiring and pipes.
Hire A Professional to Trim Your Trees
Remove dead branches or limbs that could fall on your roof or overhead power lines. This is also a great opportunity to check the integrity of your gutters, eaves and roof vents. Because huge limbs can break and fall unpredictably, leave tree trimming to the pros.