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How To Recover After A Disaster In Your Home

How To Recover After A Disaster In Your Home

When something terrible occurs in your home, it can send your world crashing down. Especially when the situation was caused through no fault of your own, getting back on your feet might seem like an impossible task. From natural disasters to hot oil fires and burst water pipes, at any moment everything inside your property can be damaged or destroyed beyond repair. Luckily, recovering from a serious incident needn’t be as hard as you may believe, and it can even be a great opportunity for a new start. If you’ve fallen victim to hard times in your home, or perhaps you want to provide some kind of help to someone who has, these tips and tricks should allow you to gain the necessary knowledge you need to tackle the situation head on. 

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Get Your Home Checked Out

After the initial threat has diminished, the first thing you must do is assess the destruction that has been caused. Contact the appropriate professionals to see what you can do to salvage your property, such as fire damage restoration to reclaim whatever is left after a heat induced incident. When you can establish whether you can reoccupy your home, take the appropriate steps to make it safe for you family to re-enter. Check out the structure and whether any electrics or water lines have been affected, as these can cause further destruction to your property if left to fester and worsen. If you have some kind of insurance, take photographs and videos for evidence to show the appropriate people in order to get the right amount of compensation and aid. 

Get Your Necessities Back 

After moving back into your home, you must get the essentials reinstalled right away. If you arrive and immediately struggle to live your life normally, you will feel the impact of the disaster much more than you need to. The stress and upset caused by whatever situation you were faced with will already be a heavy weight on your shoulders, so the added pressure of not coping well with what you have left will make your experience even worse. Refer back to the photographs you took to see what you have lost, and make things like appliances and every day items a priority. Focus on the most important living spaces first, such as your kitchen, bathroom and master bedroom. You can easily function from these 3 rooms whilst still keeping your renovation and repair spend to a minimum. The remaining rooms can be looked at in the future when you have the means to complete them to the best standard slowly and steadily so that you are not completely overwhelmed.

Make It A Family Effort

The emotional distress that can be caused by a disaster in your home can be major. Every family member that occupied the property will be affected by what has happened, so it’s important to remember that you are all in it together. By working through the clean up efforts as a family, you can help to rekindle the atmosphere of closeness and also create a home that’s greater appreciated due to the hard work they contributed to bring it back to life. It’s also essential that you are there to provide support for everyone involved, and encourage your children to further support each other through the tough times ahead. When you work together, you will also be able to complete your home restoration process much faster than if you were faced to tackle the situation on your own. Motivate your family to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in, so that you can return to your normal lives in the fastest time possible and without placing too much stress and responsibility on one person to solve the issue.

The Little Details 

Once you have taken some time to make your home more inhabitable and familiar, it’s time for you to add the little details to complete your recovery process and fully restore your property to its full potential. Every room will take some love and affection to bring it together and make it more comfortable and warm, but it’s up to you to decide on what this needs to be for your family. Focus on what’s required to bring back the essence of what a home should be, and try to sense what it is you may be missing in your house. It may be an idea to completely redecorate, as it can then be seen as a new start and you can allow your children to pick whatever would make them feel happy right now, which should be one of your top priorities. 

Prevent Reoccurence

It’s so vital that you install some kind of preventative measures to ensure that no situations like the one you have experienced can ever happen again. Unless your home was damaged in some kind of freak one off incident, most risks and dangers can be decreased somehow with a few investments or a little extra thought. Install the appropriate smoke and heat alarms and fireproof doors throughout your property to protect you if a blaze were to break out. Keep some sandbags handy to cover any doors to help stop any water from entering your home in the event of a flood or any other related event. Have a plan in place so that everybody knows what to do in the case of an emergency, such as taking electrical goods upstairs to avoid liquid damage or getting into a safe place like under a solid table to stay protected during an earthquake. 

Recovering from a disaster in your home can be a true test of your strength and patience, but with a little bit of dedication and teamwork you and your family can make sure that you can restore your abode to its former glory. Make sure that you install some features that might help to lessen the damage if you were to find yourself in a similar situation again, and support each other throughout the whole process. 

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As Long As We Live, No Home Will Be Safe

As Long As We Live, No Home Will Be Safe

Your home is a nest of happiness where you can be yourself without worrying about the rest of the world. It is a place where you feel safe. For homeowners, home means a lot more than a roof and four walls. It’s the promise of a family nest; when your home is under threat, your family is in danger. Regardless whether your family consists of you and your beloved pet, or whether you’re happily married with children. Your loved ones make your house a home. So, it comes as no surprise that maintaining the safety of our homes is a top priority. As a result, the average homeowner splashes out over £10,000 within the first five years of moving in to renovate and repair potentially dangerous elements as well as install essential safety features, from a new electrical system to modern burglar alarms. However, despite our best efforts, the home can never be as safe as we think it is.

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We think our homes are safe

Home protection is very much centred around guarding your household against a variety of threats. Most homeowners consider the risks of burglary and intrusion, which is why many choose to implement a visible burglar alarm on the outside of the property. Keeping your security solution visible plays a significant role in deterring potential burglars. Using deterrents is a common strategy to protect your property, whether you are trying to keep pest or intruders away. However, when it comes to weather-related issues, there is only so much you can do to keep your household safe. House maintenance and garden trimming can avoid some damages such as falling trees or blocked up gutters. But the truth is you can’t deter bad weather from affecting your home.

Natural disasters that can’t be contained or forecast

Indeed, despite scientific progress and knowledge, natural disasters continue to represent an unstoppable threat for your home. How many British households have felt helpless as they heard about heavy rains in the recent weather forecasts? Many roads have been flooded as a result, and some residential areas such as Lincolnshire have had to be evacuated when the flood couldn’t be contained. For those homeowners, there was nothing they could have done. Even in areas where flooding is a frequent occurrence, households that used water pumps and built trenches to stop the water from destroying the property have been forced to evacuate. Why is it that in a situation where natural disaster was imminent – to the point where the authorities emitted warnings – nobody was able to stop it?

Human errors with snowball effects

More often than, catastrophic disasters can be connected to human fault. When homes are not targeted by flood, homeowners fear the risks of wildfire. Indeed, fires can have dramatic consequences, such as the latest news from California reveal. An electrical fault last November, sparked by the transmission lines from an electricity provider incinerated almost an entire town, killing 85 people in the blaze. Dry vegetation and high winds might have facilitated the damage, but at the heart of it, it was a spark in the line that started the fire. The truth is that according to specialists, 85% of wildfires are caused by human error. How are we going to protect our homes against the mistakes of someone else?

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Is there anything to save?

Unfortunately, the reality offers a gleam perspective. There is nothing you and I can do to protect our homes against such disasters. While your home insurance coverage can offer some compensation, you are left with the matter of repairing the damages. First of all, it’s important to note that not all natural catastrophe claim your home in the process. Many professionals are offering dedicated services to help homeowners regain their properties. Indeed, professional fire restoration can ensure that your property becomes viable and structurally safe for habitation again. Similarly, experts in water damages provide also dedicated services to give your home a second chance after flooding. You can’t always protect your home, but you can save it

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Functional and Efficient Ideas for Your New Home Construction

Functional and Efficient Ideas for Your New Home Construction

The trick to any successful build is to get the right balance between function and efficiency. This will ensure you can make the most of the space, keep your building costs to a minimum and even reduce the cost of running your home.

There are several ideas to consider but the first step in the process should be to consult a reputable Sydney home builders firm to ensure your suggestions are possible.

Hidden Garage

A great way to reduce the space you need outside your home is to build a garage under your driveway. This is not as difficult or as expensive as it may seem. You can even extend the space under your home to allow several cars to be parked with a lift to take them back to the surface.

Steam Shower

Reduce your water bills with the very latest in green technology. Steam showers use one gallon of water per minute, a traditional shower will use 7 gallons.

In addition there is several health benefits associated with a steam shower and you’ll reduce any moisture issues in your bathroom.  

It will also increase the value of your home.

Impact Windows

An impact window is designed to withstand the force of a hurricane; that’s a real bonus if you live somewhere that has hurricanes.

But, even if you don’t you can benefit from noise reduction, improved insulation and higher security.

That’s a pretty good incentive to get impact windows.

Solar

Opting to add solar panels onto your roof will allow you to reduce your energy dependence and the bills that come with it. You can choose a system that sells excess electricity back to the grid or install batteries and convertors allowing you to use the electricity generated even when the sun has gone down.

Panic Room

It is becoming increasingly popular for people to build panic rooms or survival chambers into their homes. These will protect you against natural disasters or if your house comes under attack.

If you make it an easy space to get to in can function as a room in your house; doubling its use until you actually need it.

USB Sockets

It is fairly normal now to see sockets fitted into the walls which can accept conventional plugs and USB cables. Considering most electrical gadgets rely on USB style power sockets this is a very functional and efficient addition to your home.

You should aim to have at least one of these sockets in every room of your house.

Heating System

Doing a new build is a great opportunity to run meters of cable under the soil. These can then be connected to a ground source heat pump, (powered by your solar panels). The heat pump will pump the water through the pipes and under your floor (in more pipes); giving you a virtually free heating system.

A viable alternative is the air source heat pump which can be connected to pipes between your rooms and individual thermostats; allowing you to control the temperature in different areas of your home with ease.

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