(Al)Arm Yourself against Flood Damage

If you’re like most homeowners, you already have several alarms in your home – a smoke detector, a carbon monoxide detector, a burglar alarm and of course, the hated alarm clock. All these alarms help alert you to potentially dangerous or otherwise unsatisfactory conditions.

But what do you do in the case of flooding? Do you have analert system to clue you in when the water level in the basement gets too high? Rather than waiting to discover this problem on your own, risking serious possible damage, a water alarm can help you respond to flooding conditions quickly.

Where Flooding Comes From

There are several potential sources of flooding around your home, such as:

  • Washing machine
  • Water heater
  • Dishwasher
  • Drains and pipes

Any of these can malfunction, break, become clogged, leak or otherwise break down and cause a potential flood in your home. Frequently, this water collects in the basement, where you may not even realize it is a problem until it is too late.

In addition to your own home turning on you, there is always the possibility of heavy rainfall or other precipitation leaking into your home, potentially causing a flood. No matter where the flood comes from, the result is the same: damage to your home and possessions, costing you a lot of money to repair—at least, for anything that actually can be repaired.

What a Water Alarm Does

As the name implies, a water alarm is a device that monitors moisture levels and emits an audible alert signal when it detects higher than usual levels. By installing an alarm in areas where flooding is possible, such as in the basement or near your water heater, you’ll be aware of rising water levels before any damage even occurs.

For an added layer of protection, some water alarms can also be connected directly to your plumbing. This enables the alarm to turn off the master valve on your main water line, which turns off the water to your home, thereby preventing further flooding. Of course, this feature won’t help if the source of the flooding is outside, like in a torrential downpour, but it is a big help for regular household floods.

Installing a Water Alarm

You may be able to install a water alarm yourself, if you are a savvy homeowner. For models that connect to the water system, however, professional installation is recommended. Whatever you choose, know this is a great way to protect your home against the kind of catastrophic damage you have nightmares about whenever the rain picks up.

Top 5 Reasons to Keep Up With Heating Maintenance

It is easy to forget about maintaining your heating system. It is out of sight and out of mind for the most part, so until you need it, you may even forget it’s there. Maintenance is very important, though, so below are some reminders as to why you should keep your heater in good shape:

  1. Save the Planet – A well-maintained heating system is more efficient than one in disrepair. It can heat your home to a comfortable temperature using less energy because all of its parts are in good, working order. This means using less energy, which is good for the environment.
  2. Be Comfortable – Efficient heating does not just benefit the environment, it benefits you as well. When your heating system is well-maintained, it keeps you whole home at a reasonable, comfortable temperature all the time. You and your family will stay warm and cozy all winter long.
  3. Breathe Easy – Routine heating maintenance, such as keeping the furnace filter clean and fresh, improves the quality of air you breathe. You will have less dust and allergens floating around, meaning you can breathe easier. This is especially important if anyone in the home struggles with allergies or asthma.
  4. Extend the Life of Your Equipment – Routine maintenance is designed to prevent and address small problems before they become big ones. Replacing filters, tightening loose bolts, keeping fuel lines clean and replacing worn parts helps prevent major mechanical breakdowns, so your heating system lasts longer.
  5. Save Money – If those first four reasons are not enough, then this one should be. The money you spend on maintaining your home heating system is more than returned to you in the form of savings. How so, you wonder? It runs efficiently, so you save on monthly heating bills. It won’t need as many major repairs, so you save on those costs. And, it will last longer than poorly maintained systems, delaying the cost of replacement. You save three different ways!

You can see now that heating maintenance is important. Whether you have been putting it off or simply forgot about it, take charge now. Call a professional and get an inspection done on your heating system. Then, set up a maintenance schedule with reminders so it doesn’t fall by the way side.

Your planet, your family and your wallet will all thank you for it.