Disaster preparation tips for your home

AM Extra

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — With many people at home more often now, prepping your home for a disaster is actually a perfect task to do that you may have not had time for before.

Tamara Tanuvasa, a home improvement expert from Delta Restoration Services, joined AM Extra Tuesday to go over some basic strategies for keeping your home safe.

Here are a few extra guidelines from Delta Restoration:

  • Clear clutter out of high-risk places. 
    • Clear away clutter around water heater tanks – these structures are often heated and could potentially set fire to nearby objects.
  • Inspect exposed pipes in attics and basements for leaks that could lead to a burst pipe.
    • That musty smell in your basement might be trying to tell you something. Even the smallest leak can grow into a much bigger issue: mold.
  • Check the roof for missing or damaged shingles – this can lead to a costly leak/flood
  • Make sure your sump pump is working correctly—they are essential in waterproofing your basement.
    • This is especially important given that standard homeowners insurance typically does not cover water damage that enters your home from the bottom-up.
  • Check and clear gutters and downspouts
    • Faulty drainage can lead to flooding in the basement or crawl space, which can cause costly – and avoidable — water damage

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