Home improvement projects should focus upon safety above everything else, especially if you have family at home. Faulty electrical devices are the number one reason that fires in homes usually begin.
The best way to determine if there is an electrical fire is to feel the wall to see if it is warm. Smoke will definitely be noticeable if the fire is actually coursing through your walls. Too much current in the wires is bound to make them hot to the touch. Home improvement projects, specifically those that deal with electrical safety, is the emphasis of this article.
If you have an old fireplace, then you should know all about creosote, especially if it is old. What is left after you burn wood is creosote, and it is toxic and corrosive, along with being highly combustible. One hazard of a fireplace, comes after years of use, when the built-up creosote can ignite inside the chimney. This substance is dangerous, so if you have it in your chimney, you need to get someone to remove it. This is one job that needs to be done right, so find a company which is reputable, that the will dispose of the creosote properly, and the chimney will be adequately cleaned. Your property could also pose a problem with water if it does not adequately drain the rainfall that you get each year. You should have a positive slope leading away from your house for the water to drain adequately. You can also install simple to build additional underground drainage for more protection. All you need to do is dig a shallow trench and install some rocks plus PVC tubing that has holes drilled into it. The excess water will drain away from your house through attached tubing. This technique can be done in a days time and will drain water away from your house for years.
If you have extra cash and want to really see how well insulated your home is, then think about getting an infrared scan for your house. People that own the cameras that are used for the scan charge a high price for using their equipment. You can take these pictures during the winter, spring, summer, or fall – you can even have this process done with your heater or air conditioner on. To get the best pictures, wait till it’s dark. If you don’t have time at night, daytime imagery can be taken. This camera will show you exactly where the air is escaping from your house using IR and thermal imagery.
The above electrical home improvement tips may be beyond what you can do or are comfortable doing. It is easy to use the electrical outlet checker. You just plug it in and it tells you what to do.
The other electrical projects should be accomplished by a licensed electrician that knows exactly what they are doing. Overall, you will be improving the safety of your home and spending just a little money to do so.