Let’s face it…for most homeowners, household mishaps tend to make a significant dent in your finances and wreak annoying disruption on your busy day-to-day life. From flooding to infestations, there’s plenty that can come to destabilize the happy normality of your home, leading to untold stress and – if the disaster was avoidable – regret. In order to prepare against any such catastrophe so that you don’t have to deal with this regret, there are a number of issues you can get on top of or be knowledgeable about to stop any disaster before it happens, or nip it in the bud before it becomes catastrophic.
Incredibly frequent given how avoidable they are, household floods can play havoc with flooring and carpets and, if you’re unlucky, the whole structural integrity of your property. Floods at the worst will force you to move out temporarily, but even small spillages will cause a stink and take some time to set right. The trick to prevent this happening in your home is simply to think of all the water-containing areas of your house, and to methodically check them for any signs of wear and tear.
Predominantly, this includes piping, which can burst even if there’s just a slight cosmetic scratch or fissure on the outside. Checking these where you can – especially in the kitchen and in bathrooms – for any signs of weakness, will save you from the drama of a rupture. Likewise, ensure your water-using appliances – dishwashers and washing machines – are in a good enough condition and you trust them not to leak; if they rattle endlessly until they’re a good way from their designated area, they’re probably due a replacement before they rupture their own pipe.
Even if you maintain a relatively tight ship in terms of closing all windows and doors and sweeping up any natural flora and fauna that enters your house, there can be no real protection against the freak occurrence of a pest infestation in your house. Smaller insects can find places to grow a thriving community in “out-of-the-way” parts of your house, like a basement or the roof, before swarming into your communal areas in fairly apocalyptic fashion. Even harmless infestations are a plague on your household, and should be dealt with immediately.
In this case, it’s best to be prepared with the knowledge of pest controllers and exterminators, and even the types of pests you may encounter as well as the damage that they can do to your abode, like the slightly terrifying-sounding termites with wings that can nibble away at your interior. This is one that needs nipping in the bud as soon as you sense an infestation; check your house every now and then for signs of a pest invasion to be ahead of the game, preventing anything from getting out of hand.
This is the mother of all disasters, both when it comes to decimating your property and endangering your life and the lives of your family members. It’s also one that you’ll likely be liable for, in terms of how it started, which is a guilt-laced feeling you’d do best to ever avoid experiencing. There are simple but vital preventative steps to take in this department which will ensure you never see your property investment go up in flames.
Be careful when smoking in your house – sometimes, it’s just best to do it on the porch – and with having open flames such as candles near anything flammable. Remember that wind through windows can blow curtains, and that most fires begin in this freak and random fashion. Other steps include checking to make sure that the oven’s off before going to bed, and being careful about your electrical sockets, which can sometimes spark if overloaded. Check out the most common causes of fires here, ensuring you’re doing everything to prevent them in your place.
Damp and Decay
Over the course of a long winter, you may find that your house is not impenetrable to adverse weather – especially if it’s a little old. An unavoidable repercussion of living somewhere with character or that’s predominantly made of wood, you’ll find that damp and decay can creep in under your radar, slowly making your house a little less inhabitable and thereby endangering its occupants. Damp can cause some quite serious health issues, while a collapse of timber can be catastrophic.
What you’ll need to do to protect against such home-based disasters is to bring in a surveyor or specialist to assess the weak spots of your house. These might be in window fittings, the roof, or the foundations, which can all let in moisture over time. Their guidance will help you invest in the small and relatively cheap measures that’ll improve the value of your home at the same time as protecting it from the ravages of bad weather.
As well as nature-based threats, there is, of course, the human threat to every household that is breaking and entering, and theft. These can be especially traumatic experiences if they occur while you’re asleep, but more often than not they happen in times that thieves have worked out you will be out of the house. To convert your home into a fortress in the eyes of the speculative robber, you really only need to invest in some small preventative signs that show your house to be not worth the risk of burglary.
An alarm is the easiest form of deterrent for a thief, and your house likely has one; they flash as an indicator for thieves to stay away. Other measures include investing in security cameras – even duds can do the job – and adding movement-sensitive outdoor lighting, which will draw attention to anyone sneaking around in your garden. On the more dramatic scale, you can spend more money to guarantee that an intruder won’t get far in their attempted robbery – if you want complete peace of mind, check out some of these options and the possibility of installing them in your home.
There’s the feeling that when it comes to household disasters, it’ll never happen to you. This complacency is exactly the sort of attitude that can, in fact, lead to a catastrophe in your home, so be diligent and follow the savvy tips provided here so that you’re prepared against all kinds of dangers to your home, from accidental mishaps to ruinous disruptions.