Environmental hazards strike unexpectedly and can cause destruction for homeowners.
So, what should you be shopping for to protect your home? This ultimate checklist outlines the four devices you need to avoid environmental hazards reeking havoc on your home.
- Water Sensors
A little water can cause some big damage. Even small drips can destroy your home’s foundation and lead to bigger problems. The key to protecting your home is to detect water damage early. The earlier you catch accumulated water from leaking pipes or heavy rainfall, the less damage is caused.
Your water sensor will send an alert to your phone so you are aware of the hazardous situation. Then, you can stop the leak, call a professional or turn off your home water supply.
- Low Temperature Sensors
Frozen pipes are a mess for homeowners, because costs associated with a burst pipe range from $5,000 to $70,000, according to CostHelper. To avoid costly repairs, install low temperature sensors in bathrooms, basements and other hazardous areas, and get notified if temperatures fall to an unsafe level.
Keep your home at 50 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure your pipes don’t freeze. If saving energy is a concern, use a smart thermostat to optimize energy use.
- Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide detectors are essential in every home. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can be deadly to you and your family.
Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home. When shopping, ensure the detector can notify not only you, but also a professional monitoring center. The extra protection ensures emergency services are notified and your family is helped should your home be affected by carbon monoxide.
- Fire Alarms
Fire alarms should seem self-explanatory. But, when was the last time you tested yours? Place fire alarms on every floor of your home. Test to make sure the upstairs alarms are loud enough to wake up each member of your family should a fire occur while everyone is asleep.
Additionally, ensure your fire alarm is connected to a monitoring center. If you are out of your home when your alarm sounds, a professional can notify residents to confirm a threat, and then send the proper authorities.
If you have these four detectors properly installed, your home is ready to avoid severe damage from the most common environmental hazards.
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