The holiday season is upon us once again. It is the time to come together with family and friends and for many of us it means entertaining and hosting get-togethers at your house. Opening up your home to guests is definitely a great way to enjoy time with loved ones but it can also lead to disaster. No, I don’t mean an argument or typical holiday family bickering; I am talking about fire and water damage. In this article we will explore some common causes of water and fire disasters during the holidays and how you can help prevent them.
Cooking during the holidays means lots of heat. Burners, ovens, deep fryers and smokers just to name a few. Most of don’t normally cook a turkey, a ham or prime rib along with multiple side dishes on a regular basis. Trying to cook and keep track of everything along with trying to entertain guests can get out of hand quickly. A little bit of turkey grease overspill in the oven and you might be staring at flames the next time you go to baste the bird.
If the oil for the deep-fried turkey spills over the edges into the open fire a well-placed fire extinguisher can save lives. If you’re prepared, you’ll have the extinguisher and towels close by to put out the fire and sop up the spills. But no matter how prepared you are accidents happen. The best advice is to stay aware and prepare for the worst, keep that phone close and don’t hesitate to call 911 if things get out of hand.
Opening up your home to guests creates more opportunities for small floods and accidents to take place. Whether it’s an overflowed bathtub, a backed up toilet, the shower head or kitchen faucet pointed in the wrong direction too long, or just soaking wet snow clothes and boots in a heap on your floor. Excess pools of water can wreak havoc on your housing materials and should be addressed right away.
Guests often want to do their part to help out around the house. One of the most common chores guests like to help with is to wash your dishes. Not knowing how your dishwasher works and overloading and adding too much or the wrong soap is a fast way to flood the kitchen. Laundry machines are a similar hazard. It is a good idea to take the time to explain how your major appliances work to your guests. Not all dishwashers, washing machines, or other appliances work the same way, and user error can lead to a huge mess or flooding. Prevention is the key to avoiding disaster here, so make sure that your guests understand any specific instructions for operation that your appliances may have.
With more people in your home than usual, your plumbing may start to feel a bit of a strain. All of a sudden, more people are taking showers and using the bathroom than is usual for your plumbing system. This additional use can quickly lead to issues with drains becoming clogged or toilets backing up. These types of problems can cause unsanitary flooding that may lead to serious water damage. If your system backs up, clean and sanitize as quickly as possible but always make sure to call a restoration professional.
Holiday disasters can happen. With more people in your home the odds of a water or fire disaster increase but following these tips will help minimize your risk of damage to your home this holiday season. It is important to keep in mind however, that in the event that your home is affected by a fire or water disaster it is critical that you act fast and call a professional disaster restoration company. Fire damage if left unattended to can cause problems for years to come and possibly hinder the structural integrity of your home. Water damage can start to create mold spores in less than 24 hours if it is not properly taken care of. Disaster restoration companies are available 24/7 in the case of an emergency. So this holiday season, if you end up with fire or flooding; make sure to call a professional to get your home back to normal.