Assistive devices, such as electricity, water and natural gas, enable us to complete daily life. Now that work from home has become the norm, it is so much more important that these critical services work reliably, day after day. As the chances of extreme weather and natural disasters continue to increase, here's what you should know about maintaining your home tools and what to do if there is a problem.
Prevention and Maintenance:
The best way to make sure your services work properly is to have them checked and maintained regularly. Here are some things you can do.
- Inspect pipes for leaks, rust, holes or any visible problems.
- Hire a professional to perform a complete plumbing inspection.
- If you live in a climate that experiences sub-zero temperatures, take steps to ensure that your pipes do not freeze.
- Check your water heater at least once a year. See this link for step-by-step instructions.
- Knows how to turn off the main water valve if needed.
- In case of emergency, keep water handy. Experts recommend having several days of delivery of about one liter per person.
- Know where your switches are, how to turn them off and when to call an electrician.
- Regularly inspect your cables for damage.
- Replace faulty wiring on time.
- Do not overload your sockets and disconnect appliances and other devices where you can.
- Have your electrical system inspected professionally.
- Keep appliances well maintained.
- If you notice an overheated outlet, sparks or burn marks, call a professional.
- Keep your heat pump or oven serviced and always have it serviced before the winter months.
- Clean or replace filters regularly and clean ducts.
- Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working and test them at least once a year.
Internet access for school and work:
If you work from home, especially if your situation is permanent, or even "temporarily" permanent, internet connection is crucial to get some work and contact with customers and
- Use a surge protector for computers and routers.
- Check to see what type of service standards your ISP has if you lose Internet access. You can be down for a few hours during a break, but it can also be days.
- Has a backup plan. What can you accomplish with just your phone? Will a VPN (virtual private network) give you the kind of security you need to work from a public hotspot like in a coffee shop? Have you considered keeping a spare router on hand?
When You Have Problems:
Keeping your home utensils maintained and inspecting them regularly can prevent most minor problems from getting bigger. But sometimes it just breaks down or there is an emergency. If you have or suspect a problem with your utility services, here is what to do:
- Do not turn off or use the service (water, electricity) if you can, especially if you suspect the problem may be dangerous.
- Do not try to fix a major problem on your own if you do not know what you are doing, as it can lead to serious injuries or worse.
- If you suspect a gas leak, call the fire department immediately.
- If a problem such as water leakage or faulty management has caused damage to your home, have it professionally evaluated and cleaned and call your insurance company immediately.
For all your home insurance questions, call or contact Keller-Brown Insurance Services today.