Zephyr Real Estate sponsored a seminar on home improvement tips presented by contractor, Warren Camp. The following list gives tips on improving and upgrading your home.
Bolt / Seismic Upgrade Foundations:
A home inspection by a home inspector or a structural engineer should give you the preparatory information needed.
- Anchor tall cabinets to the walls with flexible anchoring components. Additionally, there is a putty available to keep items on the shelves.
- Strap water heaters top and bottom. Put a piece of blocking against the wall to keep the heater from bouncing, or ‘walking’.
- Know how to shut off the gas supply, keep a wrench next to the gas meter.
Protecting your home from Burglary:
- motion-sensing lighting / barking-dog
- dead bolt locks on the doors
Indoor air quality:
- Have your gas-fired furnace checked, install a carbon monoxide detector, and make sure the detector has fresh batteries in it at all times. Carbon monoxide from cracked gas-fired furnace chambers can kill. The gas is odorless, and a detector is the only thing that will warn you of a leak.
- Trip and reset circuit breakers at least once a year to prevent freezing of the switches.
- Install ground fault interrupting outlets at wet locations such as kitchens, bathrooms, and garages, to protect against electrical shock. These devices should be tripped and reset monthly to prevent freezing.
- Adjust or install auto-reverse mechanisms on doors
- Test monthly to make sure they are in working order.
- Recharge yearly; the “full” indicator gauge could be broken.
- Keep trees and foliage away from chimney flues, install spark arrestors, and keep chimney flues swept.
- Keep gutters and downspouts cleaned out to prevent ponding or water back-up.
- Make sure no blisters or breaks exist on the roof surface.