Top 40 Tips from 40 Years of Restoration


In 40 years, we’ve amassed a lot of experience with all kinds of disasters. Many of them could have been prevented with the right preparation and maintenance. Therefore, in observance of our 40th anniversary in 2017, we present our top 40 tips from 40 years of Restoring Your Future.

  1. Inspect washing machine and refrigerator hoses for leaks and replace as necessary.
  2. Check your water heater for leaks, corrosion, or other damage
  3. Flush your water heater
  4. Make sure your bathtub is thoroughly caulked so no water can get between the tub and wall.
  5. Disconnect garden hoses and drain sprinkler systems before winter cold begins
  6. Fix foundation cracks to prevent flooding in crawlspaces or basements
  7. Check flashing, caulking, and shingles on your roof for damage that could cause leaks
  8. Check caulking and insulation around windows and doors
  9. Seal leaks that let cold air into spaces where pipes are located
  10. Insulate any pipes that are in your crawl space and attic
  11. Check siding for any pieces that may have come loose during storms.
  12. Secure outdoor furniture, garbage cans, and other objects that could become airborne in high winds
  13. Use extreme caution around fireworks – they can cause serious injury and fires
  14. Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms when you “spring forward” and “fall back”
  15. Test smoke alarms at least once a month by pressing the test button
  16. Replace all smoke alarms when they are over 10 years old
  17. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher, purchase one and store it in an accessible place
  18. Clean lint, dust, and other materials from your clothes dryer exhaust duct.
  19. Inspect electrical outlets for fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose plugs.
  20. Never leave a grill unattended while cooking
  21. Check fireplaces for soot or creosote buildup
  22. Create a fire escape plan
  23. Always store matches and lighters out of children’s reach and sight
  24. Store oil, gasoline, paints and varnishes in a shed away from your home
  25. Never use flour or water to extinguish a cooking fire
  26. Use the proper gauge extension cord for the equipment it is operating, especially with power tools and high-wattage appliances
  27. Don’t put a live Christmas tree close to a fireplace or heat vent
  28. Never run extension cords under rugs or blankets
  29. Use only nonflammable holiday decorations
  30. Make sure the kids know how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothes catch fire
  31. Clean leaves and other debris from gutters and downspouts
  32. Have a professional HVAC technician inspect and service your air conditioning system at the beginning of spring
  33. Have a professional HVAC technician inspect and service your furnace at the beginning of autumn
  34. Replace dirty furnace filters
  35. Trim trees and remove dead or loose branches from near your home or business
  36. Trim bushes back from crawlspace vents
  37. Install storm doors and windows
  38. Make sure everyone can unlock all locks and open all windows and doors quickly in an emergency
  39. Keep flashlights with fresh batteries on hand in case your power goes out
  40. Prepare an emergency supply kit containing non-perishable food, first aid kit, medicines, flashlights, cash, toiletries, and important documents

Thank you for allowing Disaster One to serve your disaster restoration needs since 1977. It’s been our privilege to bring order and assurance to your chaotic situations for the past 40 years and we look forward to serving you for the next 40!