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Protecting Your Home From Natural Disasters

Protecting Your Home From Natural Disasters

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Winter is a turbulent time of the year, and often coming with it are much harsher weather conditions as well as some risks of flooding and other natural disasters. 

If you want to protect your home this season from the risk of natural disasters there are several things you can do. Building and protecting your house this season is more important than ever, and it will give you the peace of mind for years to come that your house is safe. 

Here are just some of the ways you can invest in your home to keep it safe this winter. 

Consider drainage 

Flooding is a risk in winter more than other seasons because it simply rains more often. To prevent your house from flooding, you need to assess the drainage around your house and fix any cracked drains on the exterior of your property. Be sure to unblock the drains and see about installing another one if you don’t have much already. 

Install sturdy garage doors 

When preparing your home for flooding or wind damage, it is important to have very sturdy doors which can withstand water as well as the force of wind. Install a new garage door as well as doors of your house to ensure you have a solid barrier between yourself and the elements this year. 

Invest in a flood barrier 

If you live in an area which is low down and at risk of flooding often – it is important to consider a flood barrier. Your flood barrier doesn’t need to be huge, but just enough to divert water away from your property to keep you and your home safe. 

Caulk windows and doors 

When there is a risk of natural disaster close to your home, you need to be sure that the structure of your house is solid. To do this, be sure that the area around your windows and doors is solid and doesn’t have any holes or cracks that can provide a weak spot for wind and rain. Use caulk to seal around the windows and the doors and protect your access points. 

Don’t store cardboard on the floor 

If you have a garage or shed alongside your property, one important thing to remember is that you should not store cardboard boxes full of things on the floor. As you know; cardboard is not waterproof and this means if you flood your belongings run the risk of severe water damage. Stick to plastic, or move boxes onto shelving. 

Have plans for cleanup

 
When a natural disaster does hit, not many of us know what to do. It is important for you alongside planning to prevent damage that you have a plan if it happens. You can store the number for a disaster cleanup contractor in your phone incase the worst does happen and at least you will have an expert team of people to help you in your time of need. Be sure to keep the emergency numbers for other services too, so that when the time comes you are ready to take action.

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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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