Start of the Season

Preparing your home for the warmer months should produce a sense of enjoyment, not dread at what might be damaged, broken or need replacing. If you do find any damage, make any necessary repairs right away to mitigate further damage and help keep you and your family safe.

Be sure to check both inside and outside the home for damage or wear and tear, as well as evidence of any unwanted guests such as wildlife or rodents. Also, walk the property to make sure everything is where it should be, and do a long-range as well as close visual inspection of the house.

Inside the House

It is good practice to check the locks on your doors each season to make sure they are secure. Do this by opening the doors and make sure they close and latch properly. Inside the home, check all window locks to ensure they all function correctly. Check window and door screens for any holes.

Check electrical outlets and cords for potential fire hazards, such as frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs. To avoid a potential fire, be sure not to overload electrical outlets, fuse boxes, extension cords or any other power service.

Carefully inspect your toilet. Look for the leaking or issues with the toilet float valve, and check all pipe connections. Also, inspect washing machine hoses, and replace any hoses that show signs of cracking, wear or leakage.

Clean or replace your furnace filter to reduce any fire hazard. Likewise with your dryer vent and lint trap, as well as the space under your dryer.

Outside the House

The living space beyond the four walls also may need a little TLC after the harsh winter. Check any wood structures, including steps and decks, for rot or other deterioration, and repair or replace any rotted or loose boards and protruding nails.

If you have a swing set or other type of recreational equipment on your property, inspect it for any potential dangers such as rusty bolts or sharp edges,  and make sure it is in good condition and operates properly.

Check the windows and doors, and their frames, for any evidence of damage, and walk the perimeter of the house for any obvious changes or damage. Also, have your roof inspected by a professional once every few years to identify areas of potential leakage.

Your home in the summer should be a place of relaxation and enjoyment. By taking steps to properly and regularly maintain your house, it will remain a source of pleasure for years to come.

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6 Steps for Storm Preparedness on Cape Cod

 

1. Know your Risk.

Wind Storms, Hurricanes, Blizzards and Flooding are our most immediate concerns on Cape Cod. It's always best to have your own Emergency Preparedness Plan. You can protect your local emergency management organization to determine if there are already community-wide preparedness materials you can have, including evacuation routes, shelters and communication systems.
 

2. Assemble or Update your Emergency Kit.

Stock up on basic supplies you might need if you had to evacuate your home quickly. Items may include food, water, first aid supplies, medication, batteries, blankets and pet supplies. Put these items in a lightweight, waterproof container an dplace it somehere that can be easily accessed in an emegrency.
 

3. Create a Communication Plan.

Your family might not be together when disaster strikes. Have a discussion with your kids about emergency preparedness, including where you can meet and how everyone can get in contact if the unexpected happens.
 

4. Practice your Plan.

Mock scenarios with your family and even your entire community can help everyone understand how to prepare for, react to and recover from a disaster with confidence. That way, if an emergency were to strike, each member would know exactly which tasks they are responsible for to keep themselves and others safe. 
 

5. Prepare your Home.

You can reduce the risk of injury to yourself and damage to your home by preparing your property for disaster. For example. in the case of a hurricane, it is recommended to board all windows and doors with hurricane shutters, and turn refrigerators and freezers to the coldest setting in order to preserve food, whereas a blizzard and freezing temps require salting the driveway and letting cold water drip from the faucet to prevent frozen pipes.

 

6. Document and Insure your property.

Under certain circumstances, damage to your home may not be covered under a basic homeowner's insurance policy. Talk to Bryden and Sullivan insurance agents to determine if you need any additional coverage for the risks your area is particularly susceptible to, such as tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes and more.

   



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