As a homeowner, we shouldn’t always settle for the common expression, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Throughout our homes, there are a variety of dangers hiding in plain sight that we need to be aware of. Here are five prime examples.
A build up of lint is always possible, especially when clothes are taking longer to dry than usual. Or maybe they are very hot after they have been in the dryer.
“Lint is an extremely flammable material,” president of Dryer Vent Wizard Jason Kapica says. “Oxygen moves through a dryer and its vent when the machine is running. There is a heating element inside the dryer providing a potential ignition source.”
You might be wondering why you have random puddles showing up in your home. There is a good chance that this is a result of mold, or poor ventilation.
“Mold is a particularly common problem in bathrooms with inadequate ventilation,” Yoel Pioraut says. “Examine pipes to check for moisture or excessive condensation. If everything checks out, but you have a lack of ventilation, it’s time to call in a contractor to add an exhaust fan.”
What is the GFCI, you ask? Basically, it is the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, an electrical safety device.
“These outlets prevent deadly shock by quickly shutting off power to the circuit when the electricity flowing into the circuit differs from that returning,” Keith Pinkerton says.
While blinking lights might seem random, they most certainly are not. It usually means that electrical circuits are overloaded.
“Overloaded electrical circuits should only be repaired by a licensed, qualified electrician,” Pinkerton says.
Sure, smoke alarm beeps are really annoying, especially in the early hours of the morning. But ignoring these noises is a recipe for disaster. It probably means that you need to get the alarm fixed. An alarm that doesn’t work could cost you your life.
“Roughly two-thirds of all home fire deaths occur when smoke alarms are not working,” Pinkerton said.