Before You Leave For The Summer
Many of our winter visitors will begin their migration back to their northern homes over the next several weeks. To make the transition easier for your families, it is important to begin to ready your home over the next few weeks before you leave.
Consider some of the following items to be added to your list of things to do weeks to days before you leave.
· Go to your local post office. Make arrangements for your mail or any regular deliveries to be forwarded or stopped to your new location. The post office does recommend that giving them notice least ten days to the effective date.
· Contact your newspaper. Let them know when to stop and resume your service.
· Contact telephone, Internet service provider, and cable or satellite TV provider to put your service on hold until you return.
· If you have an HOA in your community, notify them when you will be leaving and returning . Likewise, let friends and neighbors in the community know, as well. Enlist the help of a neighbor if you do not have a home service provider to check on your property from time to time. It is one more set of eyes on your property. Leave a list of your preferred list of contractors with contact information.
· Consider storing any valuables and important documents that you are leaving in a safe deposit box.
· Coordinate emptying of refrigerator with trash and recycling pickup. Begin cleaning out the refrigerator and cabinets of items that will expire or are not stored in air tight containers.
· Landscape maintenance –Desert plants love the heat and will grow quickly and out of control. Make sure that all of the yard debris is cleaned and transported away. When possible contract a landscaper that you know and trust that will maintain your summer landscaping and sprinkler system.
· Summer in Arizona can the perfect storm of wild fires and monsoons. If a wash is close to your property make sure that the desert plants are maintained so there is not a direct path to you home in the event of a fire.
· Pool and hot tub maintenance. Enlist the help of a reputable pool service. Set expectations for pool and hot tub maintenance. Making sure the heat is off but the pumps are good working condition.
· Check the exterior of your home and the roof. The summer monsoons are a real event in Arizona. The amount of rain and intensity of the storm can vary. They can be very intense leaving your home a target for high winds, hard rain, flooding and the potential for debris to impact your home. Make sure that your contractor checks the exterior of your home and roof before you leave. Call your roofer to assess the roof’s ability to survive the strong storm activity.
· Whether you live in a single family home or a condo, owners should have the main water value shut off. This can prevent flooding in your home. Contact a local plumber to make sure that this action will not impact your sprinkler system and ensure it will not lead standing water in or around your home. Ask about your water softener if you have one. Find out any steps you need to take to ensure it is in proper working order when you return.
· Check all appliances to make sure that all maintenance has been done. Empty your refrigerator and garbage to prevent mold, bugs and rodents from being attracted to your home.
· Contact your local pest control company. Make sure that they keep your maintenance inside and outside up to date before you leave.
· Do not forget to make sure that all lights, fans, televisions, appliances, entertainment systems etc. are unplugged. Open the doors to the washing machine, dryer and dishwasher – this can prevent mold and mildew.
· Have your HVAC professional check your air conditioner before you leave. Ask them for a recommended temperature while you are away. Most will recommend between 85 and 90 degrees.
· Make sure that you replace the batteries of any backup systems you may have. Some may include, security systems, thermostats, fire and carbon monoxide detectors
· Remove and combustible or flammable materials from the garage. This can help in preventing a fire.
· As you are walking out the door turn off your water heater off to prevent potential water damage.
In the event of a water or fire mitigation or restoration emergency SERVPRO of Gilbert is ready to help with:
· Water Damage Restoration
· Fire Damage Restoration
· Mold Remediation
· Storm Damage Restoration
· Cleaning Services
· Building Services
Between restoration and the insurance industries, our team has nearly a century of combined experience and expertise. With a 24/7 response from Gateway to downtown Gilbert, our professionals can offer effective mitigation service designed to save our customers time and money on the restoration work that their home or business requires. No matter the emergency or when it occurs, our team can make it “Like it never even happened.”
We offer our customers:
· 24-Hour Emergency Service · Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
· A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
· Locally Owned and Operated
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And, we are Faster to Any Disaster!