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SDHI – Keeping Your Home Safe Over The Holidays


The holidays are a time of cheer, a time of bright lights and a time of celebration. At San Diego Home Inspection we want to make sure your home is safe so you can enjoy your time with family and friends. Below are a few tips to keep your home safe over the holidays.

1. Christmas Tree Lights. Before you hang your lights go through each strand of lights, even if they are new, and look for any exposed wires. Exposed wires can spark a fire on your tree and in your home. If you have a real tree, be sure to keep it watered. Dry needles can catch on fire easily. If your tree is starting to dry out and you notice a lot of dry or brown needles, consider only using Christmas tree lights for shorter periods of time when someone is at home.

2. Snowfall. This one is for all of those who live in the north and Midwest. Be sure to clear snow off roofs on a regular basis so the snow doesn’t build up, especially over doors. Heavy snowpack can lead to leaks in the home, or worse, can end up sliding off and hurting someone walking underneath.

3. Clean your fireplace. With wood burning fires, creosote can build up and eventually lead to a fire. We recommend having your fireplace flu and chimney cleaned out once a year. What better time than before the holidays so you don’t have to worry about your safety?

4. Frozen Pipes. While it’s rare, even San Diego can experience freezing temperatures from time to time. If you are a second homeowner or spend long periods of time away from home, have your water turned off and your pipes blown out so water doesn’t freeze. When water freezes it expands and can result in blown pipes and water leaks that can literally destroy a home due to water damage.

5. Stay warm. When temperatures drop at night it can be hard to stay warm. We recommend checking windows and doors for leaks. An inexpensive solution to stop leaks under doors is a doormat or blocker that sits in front of the door. For windows, a layer of plastic taped around them would be your cheapest option for reducing cold airflow. If you can afford it we recommend double pane windows to help insulate your house and reduce your heating costs.

From all of us at San Diego Home Inspection, we hope you have a safe, happy and healthy holiday season!


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