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Summer tips for homeowners

Posted July 23, 2014 in Advice Column, Beaverdale

Before leaving for vacation, inspect your home. Did you know an 8” crack in your pipes can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day?

Tips to protect your home while you are away
• Turn off the water to fixtures (ie: washer, icemaker, toilets and sinks). Flooding often occurs when hoses are worn, ruptured or there’s a leak at the connection.
• Use storm surge protectors on high-end electronics in case bad weather leads to flooding or fire.

Establish safety rules for the swimming pool
Did you know that more than 200 children younger than 15 years old drowned in a swimming pool or spa between Memorial Day and Labor Day in 2013?

Tips to keep your kids safe by the pool
• Never leave children unsupervised around water, even if they know how to swim.
• Enclose pool on all sides with a self-locking, self-closing fence with vertical bars. Openings in the fence should be no more than 4 inches wide.

Take safety precautions before you grill
Did you know that June and July are the peak months for barbecue fires?

Tips to prevent a grill fire
• Place the grill outdoors and away from the house, deck, overhead branches and anything else that may catch fire. Make sure you clean and remove any grease buildup.
• If the flame goes out on your propane grill while cooking, turn off the grill and the gas. Wait 15 minutes before you relight to provide time for the propane to dissipate.

Be prepared before summer storm season
Did you know that extreme heat can lead to powerful thunderstorms?

Tips to minimize property damage from a summer storm
• Remove dead or rotting trees that could fall and cause injury or damage.
• Keep your home’s gutters clear of debris. Gutters control the water around your home. When obstructed, water can pool around the edge of the roof and foundation causing flooding and roof leaks.

Don’t be a target for theft
Did you know that  a home is burglarized every 10 seconds, and 62 percent of all burglaries happen during the daytime?

Tips to protect you from being a victim of theft
• Have a security plan for when you are on a vacation. Ask a neighbor to pick up mail, move vehicles, etc.
• Don’t post your travel plans online. Many thieves use social networking sites to monitor when homeowners are out.

Information provided by Larry G. Novak, Novak Agency of Farmers Insurance

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