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February 2019 Alert!
Welcome to the monthly home safety pulse, brought to you by Crossroads Property Restoration and thank you for signing up! This is our very first alert, so please be patient with us in the coming months, we will continue to get better and better as we iron out the kinks. Regardless, we are excited to have you with us and we firmly believe these will provide you and your household/family great benefits while improving home safety habits and preventing future disasters. As always- don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions/concerns!
Josh and Jack
Safety/Home Improvement Tips
Change Or Clean Furnace Filters
Furnace filters may need to be changed as often as each month. A clean filter improves furnace performance and improves air quality.
Clean Your Range Hood Fan Filter
Cleaning or replacing your range hood fan filter should be done every 2-3 months. The filter collects grease and can become blocked and lose effectiveness or ultimately break down.
Drip Or Slow Stream Faucets
Especially with the arctic plunge coming this week, it is important to keep bathroom and kitchen/laundry faucets on a slow stream if you are planning to be out of town for an extended period of time.
Open Cabinet Doors
Similar to the tip above, due to the arctic plunge and regardless of being out of town, keep cabinet doors open below any sinks that are on exterior walls. This will allow the warmer room temperature to keep the water lines closest to the frigid temperatures to stay warm and reduces the chance of frozen/burst pipes.
Check Exterior Crawl Space Vents
These vents are designed to allow outside air to circulate under the floor in the summer to prevent moisture buildup that could lead to mildew and mold. In the winter, the air is much drier and closing these vents reduces the chance that pipes in the crawl space will freeze.
Conduct A Weekly Exterior Walk Around
Look for these signs when doing a walk around your property:
Especially with the freeze/thaw in recent weeks and another arctic plunge coming this week, it is important to keep an eye out for ice damming. Early signs of ice damming are icicles and gutters filled with ice.
If icicles are accessible, use extreme caution to remove to reduce weight load on gutters/soffits/roof.
If gutters are accessible, place socks filled with ice melt in the gutters.
It is important not to put salt on your roof, this will damage the shingles.
If icicles and gutters are not accessible or you don't feel safe removing, please call CPR to come to inspect, FREE of cost.
Check interior ceilings/walls for water damage
Once ice damming thaws, it can work its way into your house and will show water spotting or leaking in ceilings, walls and light fixtures.
As always, if you notice any of the above signs of ice damming, please do not risk your safety to check these items. CPR will come out and conduct FREE inspections!