In a recent blog we talked about the problems that can occur in a home during the winter months, broken pipes being one of the most common occurrences that lead to water damage repair. And before that we discussed the many ways that fire damage can occur because of the holidays that make use of candles and hot light bulbs. (Somehow in all those blogs we completely forgot about space heaters. We’ll have to devote an entire blog to that in the future.)
But both of those are winter problems, and spring seems to already be here in Colorado. While we might still get quite a bit of snow over the next few months, now seems like a good time to warn you about some of the home problems that can occur during the spring and summer months. Avoid these and you’ll have a safer time in the warm weather.
How To Avoid The Need For Restoration Services In Spring and Summer
Now that we’ve snuffed the fire in the fireplace, we instead light one up in the grill. And well you should, because grilling is awesome! Of course, you want to be careful no matter what type of fuel you’re using, because most people grill close to the house and many of them are grilling on a wood deck. Be sure to grill as far from your house as possible, because you don’t want a flareup to hit your house’s eaves.
With gas grilling, make sure that you don’t leave the gas on for too long before lighting it. Doing so could cause flareups that could cause serious injury, as well as fire damage. And speaking of flare-ups, you always want to be careful of high-fat and oil-rich foods. These can cause flames to leap up and singe your eyebrows.
When it comes to charcoal you’ve introduced another problem: heat-retaining coals and ash. Keep these away from your house, and make sure none of them fall in the grass or to the wood deck. Never throw them in the trash can until they’re completely cool. Also, close off your vents so that the air supply is cut off; doing this will cool the coals down much faster.
Speaking of the heat of the grill, make sure you keep flammable materials away from the outside of the grill, especially those like meat packages or paper that could catch fire and then blow against the house.
We can skip this one, right? Fireworks are illegal in Colorado, so no one ever goes to Wyoming and brings back a carload of fireworks and sets them off on the 4th of July (and during New Years, and after elections, and completely randomly for apparently no reason).
We joke of course, because people are going to do exactly that. It might not be you, but drive through Denver, Colorado Springs, or Pueblo at the beginning of July and it’s pretty obvious that your neighbors are sending illegal projectiles into the air. Chances are you’ve found some spent ones in your yard, or, even more alarmingly, on your roof. Fireworks cause fires every year in our state, and some of these cause house fires. Always be extra vigilant around holidays because, as fire retardant as shingles are, they’re still made out of oil-based asphalt.
Sprinkler systems are certainly one part of your home that’s only used during a specific time of year. And while most people think of sprinklers as an outdoor item, most sprinkler systems start inside the house. If you’re ever next to the freshwater pipes when the sprinklers turn on, you’ve probably noticed that they tend to giggle; sprinkler pipes are handling a lot of water in a short amount of time. If one of these pipes bursts or comes loose, you could be needing water damage restoration in your basement.
Candles have become a year-round thing now, and those Christmas Cookie scents give way to Beachside Mango Salty Boardwalk Fresh Cut Grass candles. Just as we did in winter, we’ll advise you to keep the candles away from everything, only burn them on a completely flat surface, and never leave them burning when you leave the room. Better yet, get a candle warmer and you can get that beachside scent without even lighting a match.
Once a lawn mower has been running, parts of it tend to get hot. If you put that hot lawn mower away in the garage and then something falls on it, you could be dealing with a garage fire. If possible, leave the lawn mower outside in the shade so that it can cool off. This will also allow some of the fumes to dissipate.
There’s not a lot of lightning in winter, but once we get to summer thunderstorms the threat of lightning strikes often goes up. In a previous blog we talked about how lighting strikes on homes aren’t as common as they once were, thanks in part to taller buildings and cell phone towers being the more likely target. But if you’re on the plains (or simply in a newly-built neighborhood on what up until recently was farmland) and the trees around you aren’t mature, there’s the chance that a lighting strike could cause you to need fire damage restoration.
You’ve probably heard about dryer fires. As clothes break down, they leave lint in the dryer. This lint is caught by the lint trap, or it’s blown outside through your vents. But if the lint builds up too much, the dryer can overheat and cause a fire.
How is this a summer problem? Certainly it can happen any time of the year, but because most people aren’t cleaning out their outside vents with a dryer brush in the middle of winter, winter’s sins come due in spring and summer. And let’s not forget that a dryer could actually be used more in summer than in winter. After all, you’re more likely to wear multiple sets of clothes throughout the day in summer due to sweating more, or bring home wet towels from the lake’s beach.
Fires might seem less likely during spring and summer than in winter, but when they do happen they’re equally as destructive. When you need fire and water damage restoration, RESCON is ready to help. Read more about fire damage and then give us a call.