While you can pray that your home won’t ever be at risk of damage, the reality is that there is a possibility it will occur as a result of general wear and tear and unforeseen circumstances. When a bad storm is forecast or you’ve spotted an interior leak, it’s important you’re aware of the steps to take to prevent any potential damage from becoming a serious issue.
While you should ensure that you’re covered financially by the relevant home insurance in the event of a disaster, it is always best to be prepared for worst-case scenarios by carrying out a few basic jobs around the home.
Here are a few tips to take into consideration to protect your home from damage:
Be aware of wind damage
While storms may not be frequent in your state, it’s always best to be well-prepared when
strong winds are forecast. Winds are the leading cause of structural property damage in the United States, so you should ensure you have done everything in your power to protect your property. Strong gales can lift trees from the roots and send objects soaring into the air which could possibly come crashing towards your property, so, restrain exterior structures, cut back trees and take lightweight objects indoors.
Keep gutters clear
If you haven’t cleaned your gutters for some time, it may be time you did. Gutters that are blocked with leaves, mud and other debris prevent heavy rainfall from being whisked away from your property. Flooding both internally and externally is a major concern when gutters are blocked and may result in having to pay for expensive refurbishments. Check your guttering every couple of months to ensure that obstructions are removed to help keep water gushing away from your property, rather than towards it.
Replace the roof
On an annual basis, it would be wise to inspect your roof for missing or damaged shingles that are leaving your home susceptible to both wind and water damage. If you notice that some of the shingles are broken, they’re likely to loosen further and those that have disappeared need to be replaced immediately.
Maintain your indoor plumbing systems
Interior leaks are also a very common occurrence in the home and are often unexpected, so it would be wise to inspect hoses leading to key appliances in the kitchen (such as the dishwasher and sink) for any holes which could lead to leaks and potential flooding, in worst-case scenarios. Don’t forget to check sealing around baths and showers and make the necessary repairs to ensure they’re fully waterproof.
If you are worried about protecting your home against the most common causes of damage, we hope this guide has provided you with some useful pointers to make a note of.