We all believe we’re safe in our Elmhurst homes, and for the most part that’s true. There are, however, some things that can potentially cause damage if not checked every so often. 

Most folks know about smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and chimney cleaning, but here are a few other areas where a little vigilance can pay off.

Washing Machine Hoses – While it doesn’t happen often, a broken hose can cause water damage to your floors and appliances. Braided steel hoses are sturdier than rubber versions, although they still need to be checked now and then for leaks or loose connections.

Dryer Cabinet – It’s always good to clean the lint filter and the dryer hose, but lint can also build up in the dryer cabinet where the heating element is located and start a fire. To prevent an issue, this area should be cleaned by a service professional every few months.

Grill Location – A grill that’s too close to your Elmhurst property can potentially set your home on fire. Grills should be at least ten feet away from the home with nothing overhead that might ignite.

Attic Insulation – Make sure you have enough of this to keep heat from seeping up to your roof in winter.  A warm roof causes snow to melt which then re-freezes at the gutter line and creates an ice dam. These large sections of ice push water under the roof shingles and can cause water damage inside your home.

Sump Pump Battery – Have a battery back-up system for your sump pump, and check often that the battery is working. This will prevent the surprise of a basement full of water.

Clean Gutters – Water overflowing from a clogged gutter will build up at your foundation and leak into your basement.

Modern Wiring – Do your lights flicker or do you see sparks when you turn on a wall switch? You likely need to replace your home’s wiring. Consider using new arc-fault circuit interrupters that automatically cut power if there’s an issue. And any wiring over 40 years old should be fully replaced.

No one ever plans on having a home disaster, but it can happen. Being a vigilant Elmhurst homeowner with a good dose of common sense can help reduce the risks for you, your family, and your property.

Using the right agent for your real estate needs can also keep issues at bay. If you’re looking to buy or sell Elmhurst real estate or properties in the surrounding area, contact the Gracik Makinney Group, or call (630) 567-5902.