Home Maintenance Tips for the Holiday Season

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The holiday season is approaching fast, which means there is much to do in preparation! With more people coming in and out of your home for festive celebrations and holiday dinners, ensuring your home is safe for all your guests is important.

Here are a few home maintenance tips to follow this holiday season so that you can enjoy time with your loved ones!

Have Your Chimney Cleaned

Cozying up by the fire is a holiday activity people partake in, but many house fires start when creosote (a carbonaceous chemical) builds up on the interior of your chimney. Ensure that your chimney is inspected annually by a professional sweep if you plan to have many fires this winter.

Get Your Heating System Serviced

You must get your heating system serviced to ensure you and your guests keep warm during the chilly months ahead. If your furnace runs on oil, natural gas, or propane, it’s crucial to get your unit checked once a year (preferably before winter) to ensure it’s functioning as it should. Any tiny crack in a line can cause a harmful gas leak in your home, so be proactive!

Check Smoke Detectors

With holiday baking, sitting by the fireplace and running the furnace this season is especially prone to accidental fires. Take preventive measures to ensure your home’s smoke, and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning probably. Be sure to change out the batteries and test them so you can feel reassured that your home is protected in an emergency.

Properly Install Holiday Lights

Decorating the outside of your home for the holidays is a beautiful tradition, but serious electrical fires can happen if the lights are not installed properly. Make sure your lights are plugged into a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet, and use the proper grade and certified power cables.

Inspect Your Plumbing

Ensure you check your water heater for cracks, erosion, or other common signs that it needs to be serviced!

Fix any plumbing issues that may have been occurring for a while, as you will have more people coming into your home and using bathrooms and sinks. Any excess moisture can cause water damage or mold growth in your home.

At Inland Empire Leak Detection, we offer free leak inspections and detections to our customers in the Riverside, CA, area. We have the expertise and tools to help you with your leak issue from start to finish. In addition to free leak inspections and detections, we provide various other services, including concrete slab leak repairs, repiping plumbing services, and emergency plumbing leak repairs.

Contact us at (951)442-5339 to prepare your home for the holidays!