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June was National Safety Month

Let’s celebrate by going over this home safety check list that every homeowner should go through to ensure the safety of friends and family.

  • Look up. Do you see any dead tree tops or rotten tree limbs? Are there branches – dead or alive – hanging over the rooftop or near power lines? Cut back trees to prevent rotting roofs or downed electrical wires and eliminate dead or dying limbs to help avoid damage during a storm. 
  • Are the driveway and sidewalk level and in good repair? Look for cracks, buckling surfaces or holes that can cause tripping and falls, especially for the elderly or disabled. 
  • Are woodpiles, accumulated brush, garbage bins and recyclable can collections located well away from the house? Not only are termites, ants and roaches attracted to these environments – and it’s a short trip into your house when the items are stacked near your house – but snakes, mice and other pests may be as well. 
  • Look closely at decks, patios and porches. Are the steps leading to the structure solid? Bounce on them slightly to test. Walk the length of the structure, looking for rotting wood, soft flooring, buckling surfaces, cracks or other hazards. 
  • Is the railing surrounding the deck or porch strong? Pull on it to test the stability. If you don’t have a rail surrounding an elevated structure, install one immediately. 
  • Pay close attention to the floors in the house. Repair or replace flooring that begins to warp, buckle, peel, or may cause trips and falls. 
  • Is there a grab bar in the tub or shower and near the toilet? Pull on bars to test stability. The bathroom is one of the most dangerous places in the home, even for younger people, as the New York Times reports. 
  • Do you have lighting over the stove and sink? Replace burned-out light bulbs immediately. 
  • Inspect your water heater every fall to maintain safe operating conditions. Consult a professional for assistance. 
  • Place and maintain smoke detectors according to local building code. A minimum of one per floor level, situated just outside bedroom doors, is recommended. Change the batteries every year. Plan this for your birthday to maintain consistency. Most smoke detectors are only good for 10 years so replace as needed.

If there are any problems that you would like us to fix or need advice on how to fix, please call us at 618-236-7073.

Carpenter Spotlight

Chris Damann
Lead Carpenter & Foreman

Chris joined the Padgett team in 2008.  He is a lead carpenter and foreman.  Chris was born and raised in Belleville and graduated from Belleville West in 1993.  He now lives in the Millstadt area with his wife Leslie, and his 3 children Madison, Megan, and Zechariah.

Over the last 20 years Chris has gained a large knowledge of all facets of the building trades.  He prides himself on the quality, craftsmanship, and efficiency of his work.  While at Padgett he has overseen many projects including custom homes, residential and commercial renovations.  He strives to produce a job that is well planned, well implemented, and completed to the highest of standards.

Chris enjoys engaging in work and service projects with his church, Blues hockey, and his role as a father and husband.

June was Adopt-A-Cat Month!

Each spring during the “kitten season,” thousands of newborn kittens join the many cats already in shelters across the country. That means the Belleville Humane Society has tons of cute, cuddly newborns, and older cats right now. The shelter staff are ready to help you adopt your very first cat or to bring home a friend for another beloved cat! 

The Belleville humane society is located 1301 S. 11th Street in Belleville, Il 62223, so stop on by and check out some cute cats and tell them Dave Padgett sent you or check them out online at

Main Phone: (618) 235-3712 

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