Home Myths: DIY, Siding and Electricity

from Gammons Insurance Agency Inc.

by Robyn McCarthy on Mar 10, 2014

If you’re starting to plan for this year’s spring season, here are a few relevant myths, and the explanation of the truths behind them:

Myth 1: You don’t need to have a DIY project inspected.
Spring is the perfect time of year to start a DIY project. The type of project that you undertake can vary in difficulty from giving a room a fresh coat of paint to adding a deck to your backyard. Some more popular Spring projects include:

Installing baseboards or crown molding
Adding a light fixture to a room
Building cabinets to jump start your spring cleaning
Just make sure that you take the proper steps to ensure that your DIY project is completed in a safe and secure manner. If you’re not a professional, there’s always a possibility that something could go wrong, and a compromised project could be a risk to your home, as well as the safety of your family and guests.

This is why it is imperative that you always get the proper permits for your more advanced ventures, and have a professional inspect the completed work.

Myth 2: All siding is watertight.
The truth is that not all siding is created equal. If your home is equipped with wood or stucco siding, you may be at risk for water damage. Even vinyl siding can sometimes allow water through, resulting in water leaking into your home.

The first sign of leaks in your siding will probably be around your windows and drywall. Make sure to keep an eye out for water damage on walls and windowsills, and have any leaking siding fixed as soon as possible to avoid further problems. In some cases, you can employ the use of “Soft Joints” and/or caulking to fix the problem, at least temporarily.

Myth 3: If an appliance is off, it isn’t using electricity.
It’s not uncommon for people to think that an appliance uses no electricity when it is turned off. In fact, though, anything that is plugged in is using a bit of power. These devices that use juice when they’re powered down are sometimes called “Vampire Appliances,” and it’s estimated that 10% or more of your power bill could come from powering devices that aren’t even on!

In a typical household, the top 5 energy wasting “Vampire Appliances” are:

Video Game Consoles
Laptop Computers
DVD Players
Cell Phone Chargers
If you want to cut back on the amount of power you’re wasting with these devices, simply unplug them when not in use. This is obviously not going to work for your refrigerator, but it’s simple to unplug your laptop or cell phone charger if you’re not using it.

Remember to call Gammons Insurance Agency for all your insurance needs!!

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