5 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe while Traveling This Summer

02E73166Summer is the best time to take a little vacation with your family and travel, but leaving your house alone can be a scary proposition. Thankfully, there are a variety of simple things you can do to protect it from damage. These tips will help you combat the five most common problems facing homes in summer. Protect It From Heat Basically, you need to make sure your home maintains a relatively cool temperature and never gets too hot. Make sure to draw as many of your blinds as possible, as this will help keep sun out of your home and keep its temperature more reasonable. You should also use central air to maintain an interior temperature of no more than 75 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don't have central air, keeping the windows and blinds closed should be enough to keep it cooler. Preventing Basement Floods The heavy rains of late spring and the excessive water caused by melting snow may lead to your basement flooding. This is true even if it hasn't flooded for most of the summer. That's why you need to perform the following steps to keep it safe:
  • Clean rain gutters to keep water from falling directly next to your foundation
  • Extend gutter spout as far as possible from your home
  • Inspect areas where water is pooling next to your home and have a landscaper shape the area to make water flow away from it
  • Place a sump pump in your basement, with the hose leading out and away from your home, to deal with any water that may start flooding in
  • Install a generator in your home that will automatically kick on during inclement weather and which will activate your sump pump to keep water out
Protecting Yourself From Fires Fire is probably your number one concern when leaving your home, but protecting your home from is relatively easy. Make sure to unplug all appliances and your stove to prevent unnecessary electrical flow. Unplug televisions, radios, and computers to avoid damage in an electrical storm. Install new batteries in all your fire alarms to ensure they are working properly, as this will help alert neighbors that your home is on fire. You should also have a friend stop by once every day or two to inspect your home for any gas or electrical smells. This can help them catch a potential problem and do what is necessary to keep it from becoming a serious concern. Avoiding Break Ins Another serious problem that occurs when you're on vacation is break ins by criminals. The best way to avoid this is to have a friend stay at your home while you're away or drop by occasionally. Have them move any cars you've left there occasionally to make the home look inhabited. You can also install an automatic light operator that will turn your lights on and off at scheduled times. Protection From Falling Trees During harsh summer storms, your home might get hit by a falling tree branch or even a whole tree. Have a tree health expert inspect your treed before you leave, checking branches and trunks for signs of breaks or other health problems. They should trim any dying or dead branches or even remove trees that are in danger of dying and tipping over. Following these simple steps will keep your home safe any time you have to travel this summer. Instead of worrying about whether you left the stove on or not, you can simply have a whole lot of fun.
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