How to Choose and Use Smoke Detectors

How to Choose and Use Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors strategically placed around the home can save lives. In fact, according to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), the risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half when working smoke alarms are present. Use these helpful tips from the experts at ServiceMaster Restore® to determine the best type of smoke alarm for your home and the appropriate places to install them to keep your loved ones and your home safe.

Types of smoke detectors

While there are several brands of smoke alarms available, most fall under two categories: ionization and photoelectric. Each one detects different types of fires.

Ionization smoke alarms

These alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Ionization smoke alarms have a small amount of radioactive material between two electrically charged plates, ionizing the air and creating an air current between the plates. If smoke enters, it will disrupt the flow of ions, causing the current to stop and the alarm to activate.

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August’s Monthly Home Maintenance Checklist

Another month is here and that means another monthly home maintenance checklist. Read below to see how to keep your home in tip-top shape this summer.

1. Clean Ceiling Fans

  • If the temperatures are warm, you’ll no doubt be using your ceiling fans. Make sure to clean them using a duster or wet cloth. You can use your manufacturer’s owners’ manual to ensure that you’re maintaining your ceiling fans properly

2. Repair Toilets

  • It’s a good time to take a look at your eater levels in your toilet and check to see if your float is in the right position for a strong flush, as well as the state of the flapper in your toilet. Replace any parts that are falling into disrepair.

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How to Spot a Leak in Your Home

A water leak in your business should never be ignored. Whether from a plumbing leak, an appliance malfunction, or a leaky roof or windows, even a small amount of excess water can lead to significant water damage repair costs. That’s why it’s important to identify leaks and take quick action to correct them. Use the following tips from ServiceMaster Restore® to stop small leaks from becoming a big problem.

How to Spot Signs of a Plumbing or Roof Leak

Water can get into your building in a variety of ways, and two of the main culprits are roof leaks and plumbing leaks. One of the tell-tale signs of a leak in your plumbing system is an unexpected increase in your water bill. If your water bill seems high, inspect your building for the following:

  • Leaking pipe joints or P-traps underneath sinks.
  • Leaks around appliances that use water.
  • Corrosion on supply lines to appliances and fixtures.
  • Stains below supply line connections.
  • Broken toilet tank flappers.
  • Odd smells coming from drains, which may indicate a sewer leak.
  • Warped or discolored flooring.
  • Water stains on the walls and ceilings directly below bathrooms.

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July’s Monthly Home Maintenance Checklist

July is here which means another monthly home maintenance checklist for you! Keep that home of yours nice and well maintained to help avoid any incidents from occurring by checking everything off the list below.

1. Maintain Your Garage Door

  • Check to make sure that your garage door is properly balanced and the coils are lubricated. Replace the batteries in your garage door opener.

2. Clean Deck

  • Clean and repair your deck as needed during this time. Leaving a deck uncleaned can serve as an invitation for pests and bugs to begin living in its wood.

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Why You Should Skip DIY Mold Removal and Hire a Professional

Mold can thrive wherever there’s moisture, which means no home can be 100 percent certain of never developing a mold problem. And while you may be tempted to tackle a mold outbreak on your own, it is not a safe nor an easy cleaning process to take on. Between the health dangers involved and the risk of exacerbating the problem, this is a job you should leave to the professionals. Here are just a few reasons why DIY mold removal can do more harm than good:

Mold is Dangerous to Clean

Indoor mold damage is a threat to the health of everyone who comes in contact with it. Mold spores irritate the respiratory system and can cause symptoms that include sneezing, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, and aggravation of asthma symptoms. Those with compromised immune systems are especially at risk of illness caused by mold exposure.

When you attempt to clean mold by yourself, you risk not only your own health but also that of  those around you. Mold spores can easily become airborne without the right cleaning tools and techniques. With so many severe health threats in play, it’s always best to rely on a professional mold removal service to tackle any mold you encounter in your home or business. (more…)

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