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7 Ways To Protect Your Home From Storms

7 Ways To Protect Your Home From Storms

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A large storm could do a lot of damage to your home. If you live somewhere that is prone to serious storms, consider some of the home improvements to protect yourself. 

Repair previous storm damage

Damage from a previous storm could make your home’s structure vulnerable to further major damage. If your home has been damaged by a previous storm, hire a restoration company to make repairs straight away. This could include replacing lost shingles or fixing damage to a wall caused by a falling tree. Even if you don’t experience any storms for a while, some forms of storm damage could still cause future problems such as slow cracking or rainwater leaks.

Install storm shutters

Storm shutters will protect your windows against high winds and flying objects during a storm. They can also be an added form of security against burglars. Consider installing these shutters on your windows if you live in a high-risk area. There are various designs to choose from including roll-down shutters and blind-style shutters. 

Flood-proof your home

Storms can also cause flooding – particularly if you live near a large water source. There are two ways to flood-proof a home: wet floodproofing and dry floodproofing. Wet floodproofing allows water to enter the house but involves protective measures to limit damage such as installing water-proof flooring and raising electrical sockets. Dry floodproofing meanwhile involves heavily sealing the outside of the home so that water cannot get in at all. Decide which is better suited to you. 

Remove dangerous trees

A tree that is dead or leaning could be toppled by high winds. Consider whether this is likely to cause a lot of damage to your home or backyard. Such a tree may need to be removed by a qualified tree removal company. You can hire an arborist to assess whether a tree is a danger or not.

Secure loose yard items

Think about what items are in your yard. Ornaments and tools that are left outside could become projectiles in strong winds – find a way of securing them down or locking them away. Light outdoor furniture could also be picked up by strong winds. Cast iron furniture or weighted furniture is a better option in such areas. Either this or choose collapsible furniture. 

Invest in a backup generator

Power lines may be damaged during a storm, which could leave you without electricity. Having a backup generator on your premises could allow you to continue receiving power. Make sure that this backup generator is placed somewhere safe and secure where it won’t also get damaged. 

Create a storm shelter

In areas that are prone to hurricanes or tornadoes, storm shelters can be useful for your own personal safety. This is typically a hole in the ground that is reinforced with concrete. Make sure that this is somewhere easily accessible during a storm – don’t block the entrance with clutter. There should be enough room for your entire household to take shelter.

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Home Protection 101 – What Do You Need To Guard Against?

Home Protection 101 – What Do You Need To Guard Against?

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I’m sure that like me, you consider your home your personal pride and joy. It’s your own haven where you can relax with your family away from the stresses and worries of the outside world. Plus, more often than not, it is a work-free zone where you can forget about your troubles in the office as soon as you walk through the door. As our homes are so important to us, there’s no wonder that so many of us want to ensure that our property is well protected against any threats that could cost our own security or cause damage that is extremely expensive to repair.

 

Are you happy that your home is well protected? There are a few different things that all homeowners need to put into place to ensure peace of mind when it comes to their property. Read on to find out more.

 

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Burglars And Intruders

 

One of the main things you will need to protect your home against is burglars. If your home isn’t quite as secure as it should be, it could be at an increased risk of being robbed. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can improve your home security, including by carrying out the following:

 

  • Add a burglar alarm. First of all, it’s worth adding a burglar alarm to your home if you don’t already have one. Whenever you leave, you can set the alarm. Then if it detects any movement, it will go off. This should then scare the intruders and it might also alert your neighbors who can always wander around the property to make sure everything is ok.
  • Install CCTV cameras. CCTV cameras can act as a deterrent. As soon as a potential burglar spots them, there is no way they will want to risk getting any closer to your property or else they’ll face being caught in the act. If someone does break in, then at least you can take the CCTV footage to the police to use as evidence.
  • Remove valuables from sight. Of course, if a burglar can’t spot anything of any value in your home, there is a lot less chance of them trying to break in in the first place. So, make sure that anything expensive and valuable is hidden from sight. It’s also worth closing your curtains when you leave your home so that no one can peek through the window and see large electrical items, such as your TV or washing machine.

 

 

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Pests And Vermin

 

Robberies aren’t the only thing that you need to protect your home from. In fact, there are some other kinds of intruders that you might need to guard your home against. I’m talking about pests and vermin. After all, you don’t want to come downstairs one morning and find a family of rats or ants have moved into your home, do you?! To ensure that this never happens, you need to take the following precautions:

 

  • Keep your home clean. One of the best ways to keep the pests at bay is to ensure that your home is always as clean as possible. If your home isn’t quite as clean as it should be, there could be crumbs all over that attract pests and vermin inside. So, make be sure to clean up regularly and remove any possible food sources.
  • Fix any leaks. Similarly, you need to remove any sources of water that pests and vermin might be drinking. To do this, you simply need to make sure all of your kitchen and bathroom pipes are tight and that there are no leakages at all. Water could drip from these and gather in small puddles, which makes it easier for pests to survive.
  • Take out your garbage regularly. Did you know that your garbage is a great food source for pests? It’s true! And that’s especially the case in the summer. All of the food and leftovers in the garbage will start to decompose quicker and the pungent smell could attract a lot of mice, rats, and bugs. So, be sure to take your garbage out as often as you can.
  • Find a local pest exterminator. It’s always a good idea to know the name and contact details of a local pest exterminator who can help you in the event that you do ever find some pesky pests in your home. This is especially important if you ever find any dangerous animals in your home as some exterminators now offer pest control snakes now as well.

 

 

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Weather Damage

 

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to control the weather and so your home could be at risk from suffering some very dangerous weather damage. This is especially the case during a bad storm when the wind and rain will be beating the property. Thankfully, there is plenty that can be done to protect your home from this kind of damage.

 

  • Maintain Roof Shingles. Keeping an eye on your property’s roof is very important as this will give you the chance to spot any broken or missing shingles. It’s crucial that you fix and replace these as soon as you can. If you don’t, then they will probably end up falling off during a bad storm, and that will increase the chance of your roof leaking.
  • Trim Back Trees. If you have any trees in your garden that are quite close to the main property, it’s necessary to trim these back. That way, there is no risk of the branches causing any damage to the windows of your house during high winds. Don’t worry if you don’t want to trim the branches yourself, you could always hire a professional gardener to take care of this for you.
  • Keep Gutters Cleaned Out. When was the last time you cleaned out your gutters? If you can’t remember, it’s probably time to do it right now. Unclean gutters are prone to blockages. Those blockages won’t allow rainwater to flow through and down the drain. This will result in water running down the wall of your home which could cause significant water damage to the property.

So, now you know what to protect your home against!

 

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