With so many new home buyers buying distressed real estate over these past few years, it’s important to know how to maintain your new house and avoid fires. Many homeowners who sold their homes in short sale or bank owned homes and possibly some traditional home sellers did not maintain their homes as they should have. Cleaning a dyer vent is important but many homeowners don’t realize the vent gets clogged that reaches upward and out the roof. When this happens it is possible for a fire to get started.
As a Sacramento REALTOR® I have seen several homes this year where the dryer vent fell and was not extended as it should have been but was allowing all the dryer vent particles to cluster in the attic. This is a fire waiting to happen. So, along with cleaning your dryer vent in your dyer, make sure to call a roofer or chimney sweep and have the vent checked and cleaned that is suppose to be extended past your roof.
For those who have vents leading through an outside wall, it is important to clean those vents, too. You don’t want a fire in between the wall and many of you have items stacked outside those walls that could possibly fuel a fire.
This was a video I did in the Fall that I never put up on my YouTube channel but recently, I was reminded of a house fire when the family in Connecticut died at Christmas time from embers that were left outside and blew back into the house.
Make sure your smoke detectors are working, have fresh batteries and maintain your home to stay safe.
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