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Pay attention to creosote build-up

If you have a fireplace, you should know that it creates a build-up of creosote that could be a real hazard for your house. How does it work? When wood burns, combustion byproducts, such as gases, smoke, or water vapor, are produced and expelled through the chimney. So, when these substances exist through your chimney they create condensation. Condensation usually creates a build-up of flammable creosote, which can lead to chimney fires as well. 

“Bringing in an expert to assess and repair if needed is always recommended because of the risk of fire or death,” says Robert Boudreau, InterNACHI-Certified Home Inspector, Metro-West Appraisal and Home Inspections.

Nevertheless, if you want to prevent this havoc, you should hire an expert to inspect your chimney and fireplace at least once a year.

 

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Check your sump pump often

You should check your sump pump often if you want to prevent damage and a flooded basement. “Checking connections, cleaning the pump and vents, and making sure the float switch is not restricted can be done by the homeowner,” says Boudreau. “A battery backup pump is also an inexpensive way to prevent failure,” says Boudreau.

Of course, sump pumps are essential for your house safety and you should install one in your basement, but just like any other device, it may stop working and it can lead to severe complications. If you don’t fix the problem as soon as possible, that water can turn your basement into a swimming pool. What should you do? Well, a regular checkup can save your basement and sump pump. You can also test it by pouring water into the sump pit and see if it’s working properly. However, you can find a qualified plumber to check it for you.

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