Where do you invest most of your money? Where do you find comfort and security? Where do you spend most of your time? Which place holds a chunk of your memories? For many people, the answer is near-unanimous: their house.
If your home is so essential, then anything that attempts to destroy it or reduce its value is an enemy. Here is a roundup of some “enemies” you need to fight with all the might you can muster.
Walking by the beach and feeling the breeze of the wind is everyone’s dream. For your home, however, the wind is not a welcome experience. High winds or gale of 50mph can reduce a house to rubble. Here are a few things you can do to stem the tide:
- Secure your roof: As one of the most vulnerable places to winds, roofs require lots of vigilance. Get a professional to check your roof once at least once a year.
- Trim the trees around: Loose hanging branches are likely to fly off and hit your home during high winds. The winds can also uproot weak trees and hurl it at your home. To prevent such happenings, check the health of trees regularly and trim them.
- Watch the seasons: Winter often comes with intense winds. Know the season and adapt your behavior. For instance, you should park your car in the garage during that season just in case a stormy gale arrives.
Water is an indispensable resource. However, in the wrong place, water or moisture can cause significant damage. Imagine how much havoc a leaking tap can wreck. From mold, mildew to dampness, moisture in the wrong place can ruin your home and make it undesirable to live in.
Some leaks can go undetected for a long time while eating away at your building. A water-leak sensor helps you keep your eye on the situation. Alternatively, you can check your bills to see if there’s an unusual increase. It may be an indicator of a leakage somewhere. Thoroughly check your roof to ensure that there isn’t an opening for rain or snow. If there’s been some impact already, try contacting the companies that can help in restoring your property.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that close to 30% of fires start in homes. Out of every five deaths related to light, four of them are as a result of home fires.
The data above is not to make you panic – it’s to help you prepare. Some typical fire hotspots include fireplaces, kitchens, smoking areas, faulty wires, any heating places. To forestall house fires, do the following:
- Make sure your fire alarms and smoke detectors are functioning.
- Store all flammable products properly.
- Have fire extinguishers dotted around your home.
- Consistently check electrical installations and connections.
- Don’t smoke inside the house.
- Have fire insurance just in case the worst happens.
The FBI reports that a burglary occurs every 26 seconds. Most burglars scout for and prey on empty homes. That’s why most break-ins occur between 10 am and 3 pm when people are away.
Use motion sensors to detect the presence of any uninvited guests. Installing security cameras is a great way to deter robbers. Secure your doors and windows. You can reinforce them with barricades if you have to. And do not be too predictable. Avoid hiding your keys in easy-to-spot places like flower pots. Get to know your neighbors and work with them to ramp up security in the area.
For most people, their homes are the most valuable asset. Things like the wind, water, fire, and thieves would try to destroy it. Be proactive and take precautions to forestall such occurrences. Don’t wait until it’s too late.