Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Top Five New Year's Resolutions for 2013

Happy Holidays from everyone at Superior Restoration! We hope you guys had a great time celebrating with friends, family and your loved ones. We spent our holiday weekend being thankful for everything that has been granted to us over the course of the year, celebrating our hard work and success to cap off the end of yet another great year for us. From the bottom of our hearts, we wish all of our clients the best and look forward to what 2013 will bring for all of us.

Having said that, we have some New Year's resolutions for everyone to keep in mind. Not the personal kind, mind you, but a few to remember to better your household and keep things nice and dry. A lot of these points have been discussed in previous articles, but it's been a while so let's spend some time to go over and touch on them again.

Resolution #1: Inspect the Plumbing in Your Home

The first and most important step towards proper maintenance is to inspect the plumbing in your home. As mentioned in previous articles, depending on the type of pipes your home came installed with, there can be specific issues that can potentially cause problems with leaks that end up developing into water damage situations. Usually, a few quick visual and sound cues are enough to detect any major and obvious problems. If there's a small thing that's been bothering you for a while and you've grown used to it, now's the time to get it looked at by a professional plumber!

Resolution #2: Double-check Your Appliances Are Working

Do you remember how long your appliances have been in your home? Do they work as well as they used to? A lot of us tend to forget that, like any other piece of hardware, our kitchen and bathroom appliances have lifespans and will gradually deteriorate over the years from repeated use, particularly if they are not maintained to keep them operating as effectively as possible. Check your dishwashers, washers, and garbage disposal units to see if all the hoses and pipes are clear and free from debris and trash that could cause clogs.

Resolution #3: Maintain Your Water Heater

Water heaters deserve a special mention on this list as they require a bit more thorough investigation than a normal appliance, and tend to be overlooked more often. When a heater is tucked away in the garage or basement, you tend to forget about it over time and only remember it when it causes a problem. We previously touched on some basic points regarding proper maintenance for your heater, but the best course of action is to find a certified professional to handle it for you as it can be difficult to discern what you're looking for without the proper knowledge.

Resolution #4: Make Sure Heavy Usage Areas Are Properly Ventilated

Though this should really be a part of standard home architecture, some homes may have been remodeled or not well-planned out to begin with. In areas with constant water usage, keeping the air flowing is important so that humidity does not linger and allow moisture to settle on surfaces as this can potentially cause a slew of mold-related issues. This applies not only for exterior surfaces

Resolution #5: Know Where Your Water Shutoff Valves Are

Not every emergency is going to be preventable, but in the event that you notice something happening it's important to know how to stop the source of the water as quickly as possible. Learning the location of your water main's shutoff valve takes only a few minutes and can save you considerable headache, particularly in an emergency where minutes can make a difference. You can even take it a step further by keeping that information in your phone, or written in an easily-accessible location so that you have a reminder around.

Those are just some of the things you can do to keep your house safe and secure from water damage emergencies. Easy enough, right? We hope everyone takes these resolutions to heart so 2013 can be a happy and dry year for all.

From everyone at Superior Restoration, have a great New Year's and we'll see you next year!

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