Category Archives: Precaution

Winterizing your home

Winterize your home

At Aztec Construction & Restoration, we know you’d much rather be warm and cozy in your home than dealing with a disaster. With the storms lining up in the forecast, here are some steps you can take to winterize your home:

  • Clean your gutters, and flush your down spouts and drains to prevent clogging or flooding.
  • Have your furnace or heating system serviced for efficiency and uninterrupted warmth.
  • Sweep your chimney – debris and even critters can find there way into chimneys, so be sure it is clear before your first fire of the season.
  • Check windows and doors for a breeze. Touching up caulking and investing in a weather stripping (or a DIY draft blocker) can make your home more energy efficient, and prevent invasive water and wind.
  • Clear landscaping within 7 feet of your home – your trees and branches don’t want to fall, but sometimes the weather has other plans for them.
  • Store all unsecured outdoor furniture and decorative items in a garage, shed, or other indoor location, to keep it from being whipped around in the wind and causing more damage.
  • Wrap all exterior pipes for insulation – a frozen pipe is a one-way ticket to disaster.
  • If you live in an area that floods regularly, be sure to take the time and get sand bags. Put them around garage doors and any area of your home water may come in. Investing in a sump pump could also help remove unwanted water and divert it to an area that drains efficiently.

If you have a vacation home that will be vacant through the winter months, other precautions should be taken:

  • Turn off your water at the source valve, and consider draining the water from faucets, toilets, etc., to prevent frozen pipes.
  • Install an automated thermostat – keep your thermostat set at 55 degrees or more to keep the home from freezing.
  • Unplug all appliances to reduce risk of fire and reduce unnecessary utility charges.

If you have any other tips for winterizing your home or business, please share in the comments section. And if find yourself or a friend in need of disaster relief services, call Aztec Construction & Restoration 530-275-3327 right away, 24/7.

Natural Disasters – Preparing Your Family

Graphic: Plan

With fire season quickly approaching, Aztec Construction & Restoration is thinking about you and your family’s safety. Nobody ever imagines he/she will be a victim of a natural disaster, and an oncoming emergency is not always obvious or predictable. However, being prepared is easier than it sounds, and having an action plan gives your family some confidence when facing an unfortunate event.

BE AWARE OF YOUR AREA

  • According to the Shasta County Sherriff’s office, some of the first steps to preparedness are finding out information about your local area. Learn about the disasters that are prevalent in your community and the warning signs in each case. For more details on a specific natural disaster, visit Ready.gov’s Natural Disasters article.

BE PREPARED AT HOME

  • Put together, or buy pre-assembled, a basic emergency kit. FEMA, along with Ready.gov, has a recommended emergency kit list published here.
  • Discuss with family what steps to take in an evacuation. For guidelines and great ideas go to the article form Ready.gov, “Evacuating Yourself and Your Family.”
  • Select 2 places to meet:
    • Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire.
    • Outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home. Everyone must memorize the address and phone number.
  • Ask friend or family member to be your designated contact. After a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance, so an out-of-state friend is a good option. All family members should call this person and tell him/her where they are. Everyone must know this contact’s phone number. Visit Ready.gov, Make A Plan, for the free emergency phone numbers list, including one listing numbers for children to memorize.
  • In addition to personal contacts in your action plan, the Red Cross suggests including another option to contact your family, “If your community has experienced a disaster, register on the American Red Cross Safe and Well website to let your family and friends know you are safe. You may also call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and select the prompt for ‘Disaster’ to register yourself and your family.”

After a disaster, you will need further assistance in getting your home or property back up to standards. Call Aztec Construction & Restoration 530-275-3327 – we are here to help, and really care about you and your family’s well-being.

[Images source: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/images/113279]

Think you have mold in your home?

Think you have mold in your home? Learn how to identify mold and how to stop it from cultivating in your house. We want to help you learn about this insidious issue.

In 2015, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) published a great interactive online tool that explains how homeowners can detect mold early on. The room-by-room guide will give you the knowledge to take on the task of preventing and repairing minor mold problems.

Click here to try it out: The Interactive Mold House.

The Mold House

For a text-only version of the Mold House tour and tips, you can find that here.

When in doubt, you can always call a professional to come check out the problem. We are ready to assist you 24/7. Call Aztec Construction & Restoration: 530-275-3327.

 

Sources:

EPA, http://www.epa.gov/mold/text-version-mold-house-tour. Updated October 26, 2015.
EPA, http://www.epa.gov/mold/interactive-mold-house-tour. Updated February 22, 2016.