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About Your Home. A few basic Home Safety and Maintenance Tips.

Masters Home Inspections, LLC wants to ensure you are living in a safe and
well maintained home.  We encourage each of our clients to follow some
basic safety and maintenance tips in an effort to protect you, your family and
your home.
Masters Home Inspections LLC.
10 Golden Eagle Ct.
Westminster, Maryland 21158
443-277-6279
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HOME SAFETY:

SMOKE DETECTORS:

It is highly recommended that a working smoke detector be installed on each level of your
home and in close proximity to all sleeping areas.  Each smoke detector should have a battery
back-up system in the event that power is lost.  We also recommend that you test your smoke
detectors frequently and change your batteries at least once every (6) months.  Allow your
children to learn what a smoke detector sounds like and work as a family to determine the
best plan to exit your home in the event of a fire.

CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS:

Carbon Monoxide or “CO”, is nicknamed the silent killer.  CO is a colorless and odorless gas
which is omitted as a byproduct of combustion.  It can be common with fuel burning sources
such as natural gas, propane, wood burning systems and oil burning systems.  We
recommend that you place a CO detector on each level of your home.  If your CO detector
activates, we recommend you evacuate your house and call 911.

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS:

It is good practice to store a fire extinguisher in your home.  Typical locations would be in or
near the kitchen and in the garage area.  These items can be purchased at your local hardware
store and are pretty inexpensive.  In the event of a fire in your home, evacuate immediately and
dial 911.

ELECTRICAL HAZARDS:

Electrical issues can cause injury and fires in your home.  Ensure your outlets are protected.  If
you have small children, we recommend placing protective covers over your outlets to avoid
accidental electrocution.  It is best to check your GFCI outlets quarterly to ensure they are still
operating correctly.  Outdoor power lines should be out of reach and free of obstructions such
as tree branches.  If you are concerned about a potential electrical hazard, contact a local
licensed electrician for further assistance.

CLOTHES DRYER:

As you probably know, clothes dryers can build up lint.  Most people only think to clean the lint
screen after each use.  Consider cleaning out your dryer vent pipe at least quarterly.  This can
be done by disconnecting the tube from the dryer and sucking the built up lint out of the ducting
with a vacuum.  This small task could prevent a fire and will prolong the life of the dryer.

CHANGE YOUR LOCKS:

It is always a good idea to change your locks and get new keys made once you move in.  This
will ensure that nobody has a key to your home and will avoid unwanted break in.  You just
never know who had a key to the home you now own!

MAINTANENCE:

Learn the location of your electrical panel and main water shut-off valves – know where to turn
off outside water systems for the winter months

Test your smoke and CO detectors quarterly

Ensure proper drainage of water away from your foundation – downspouts should release
water several feet away from the foundation

Clean your gutters regularly - especially in winter months to help prevent ice damming
Have your heating and air systems serviced and inspected annually by a licensed HVAC
contractor

Change your HVAC air filters once a month

Trees and shrubs should be trimmed so they do not contact your house or roof – allow a 3’
clearance around your AC unit to ensure proper function

Check your garage door regularly to ensure the automatic reverse mechanism is functioning
properly

Have your fire place and chimney cleaned and inspected annually

Do not store wood against your house – this will reduce the risk of pests getting into your home
Check your attic at least once a year for potential roof leaks

Inspect the caulking and grout around your shower and tub areas.  Reapply as needed to
prevent leakage into your walls

Check and clean the tracks in your windows and doors every six months