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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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Don’t Let The Elements Take Control Of Your Home

Don’t Let The Elements Take Control Of Your Home

We’re in the midst of winter and some places are getting hit hard, so we’re all thinking a bit more about how the element can affect our home. But it’s not just the winter we should be getting prepared for. Every season brings with it its challenges, so we’re going to look at how to protect your home the whole year round, not just for one season.

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Get yourself sealed up

Weatherization begins with how well you can stop the outdoors getting inside your home. The less sealed up your home is, the harder it is to control temperature as well as stop the advance of moisture and pests alike. Sealing your home is going to take steps all over it. You need to go about detecting air leaks, whether they’re in windows, under doors, and around water faucets. When you have them detected, it’s as simple as caulking them up. Draft excluders are less permanent solutions for the doors, but they can work just as well.

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Take care of the exterior

You should also be concerned with how safe the home is outside the house itself. Particularly in any driveways and walkways. Snow can be a major hassle in the winter, so you should consider tools like Snow Shifts that can make it a lot quicker to maintain your driveway. For surfaces that ice over, you should be able to source grit and rock salt easily to reduce the chances of painful and dangerous slips outside the home. If you have any trees, consider using a contracted arborist. Otherwise, bad weather and storms can increase the risk of branches falling and doing damage. Or your tree might grow into power lines, which is bad for the whole neighborhood.

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The dangers of water

Water damage in the home can cost you thousands upon thousands of dollars. Sealing up the home can help you battle the risk of damp and mold. You need to take special care of the roof. Some of the most sudden danger comes from freezing and burst pipes, however. Consider getting your pipes insulated so they’re at much less risk of flooding the home.

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Take care of your HVAC

How well you can manage the temperature and airflow in the home depends as much on your fixtures as blocking the outside weather. A lot of people find their energy bills climbing because they’re using old heating systems and air conditioning. Make sure that regular maintenance is done on them, including clearing the dust that can gather. Same for any ventilation between rooms. If you’re not careful with dust build-ups, it can exacerbate or even cause respiratory conditions like asthma. For HVAC systems that lead outdoors, make sure they’re kept clear of pollen, leaves, and debris. It’s especially important to check them after storms or windy weather.

Protecting your home from the elements isn’t just about keeping the cold out. It’s about navigating the challenges of temperature, whatever the weather, as well addressing serious safety concerns inside and outside your front door. The tips above should make it easier to manage all those risks.

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