Being a new homeowner can be scary. There are many potential hazards to be prepared for, especially if one is to ensure the health and safety of a family and protect a home, as well. Here are some new homeowner tips for how best to prepare and respond to certain dangerous or potentially damaging situations in your new home.
If a water line breaks in your home, the first step is to stop the water from continuing to flow. Shutting the water off immediately can not only help to minimize damage to your home and possessions, but it can also clear the way for you to identify the broken pipe. Once you have found the damage, it’s time to call in the professionals to help you repair it, and a drying team to ensure the walls, ceiling, and floor have been dried thoroughly so that mold does not start to grow. There are other steps to handling a leak like this:
Drain the pipes as best you can while the water is turned off.
Shut off the electricity so as not to risk shocks or electrical fires.
Follow up with the repair job to make sure it holds.
New homeowner tips would also include a suggestion that you ensure all wiring systems are up to code. You should also be cautious about using temporary wiring systems or extension cords as a substitute for replacing the wiring in your house. As part of your new homeowner checklist, consider buying quality surge protectors. These are a good idea for refrigerators, computers, washers, dryers and other appliances to help prevent electrical damage. For details on how to hire a good electrical contractor as well as laws regarding permits in Washington State, visit the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries website.
The above suggestions and safety tips should be helpful in better understanding your task as a new homeowner. Be sure to consult the appropriate experts before undertaking potentially dangerous projects, or if you are concerned a safety hazard exists in your home.