Home Maintenance

        In addition to spring cleaning, this season may inspire you to fix minor issues with your appliances or home itself. It may even inspire you to re-landscape your lawn to improve the outward appearance of your home. Many do-it-yourself men and women can’t wait to start their latest home maintenance projects. Not a natural when it comes to home maintenance and repairs? Don’t worry, there are many lawn care and home care businesses that will be more than happy to help you out.

        If you are planning on hiring someone to fix something at your home, it would be smart to check on their business’s insurance status, making sure they are covered if some unprecedented accident occurs, whether they themselves are injured or whether they make a mistake that damages your home and its contents. For example, if you hired a plumber to fix your sink but he busted a pipe and flooded part of your home, his General Liability insurance will cover the damage he caused.

        Not only does home maintenance improve the appearance of your home, but it also may save you money in the long run and even protect you and your family. Check out the following surprising statistics provided by hcms.net!

15,600 dryer fires occur each year resulting in property damage exceeding $75 million dollars. The leading cause? LACK OF MAINTENANCE!*

20,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to garage doors.*

15,260 injuries and 2660 deaths annually due to failure or problems with smoke alarms, sprinklers and fire extinguishers.*

38,300 reported home electrical fires including 120 deaths and 390 injuries associated with electrical wiring, circuit breakers, fuses and meters.* and **

49,200 heating equipment related home fires.**

14,000 deaths occur from radon each year, as estimated by the EPA.

* – Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

** – Source: National Fire Protection Association

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