Once a year, inspect your foundation for termite tunnels
Search for sawdust and tunnels
Pull out your flashlight and walk around your home, examining the foundation, both inside and out, to inspect for termite tunnels. Much of the damage termites do is invisible, inside walls and floors. Take the time to look for telltale sawdust and tunnels, because termites can do major damage before you even know they’re there. If you spot signs of termites, call in a professional exterminator.
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Strap your water heater if you live in an earthquake-prone region
Straps protect gas lines and water heaters
Earth tremors can tip water heaters and break the gas lines that lead to them, causing either water damage, or worse, an explosion and fire. Water heater straps can prevent this disaster. (They’re required in California and other regions.) In earthquake-prone regions, you can find them at home centers and hardware stores for $15. Otherwise, order them online.
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Add 6-ft.-long downspout extensions
Extensions prevent water damage
A 1-in. rainfall drops about 650 gallons of water on an average roof. And your downspouts concentrate all that water in only a few spots. If dumped too close to the house, the water will undermine your foundation, causing it to leak, shift or crack; very expensive to fix. Downspout extensions will prevent most major problems, including wet basements, cracked foundation walls, termite and carpenter ant infestations.