10 Threats To Your Home You Need To Know About

Ah, our homes. Safe, warm, full of love and laughter…or at least that’s the idea. Unfortunately, sometimes there are some threats that just crop up out of nowhere, greatly compromising the quality and security of our humble abodes. While some threats can’t always be kept at bay, if you’re aware of them then you’ll be able to do your best to limit the danger – or, at least, be ready to handle the damage in a swift manner. Below, we take a look at ten of the most common dangers to your home. You won’t be able to say that you weren’t warned of the dangers should something happen!

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Your Negligence

Now, we know that you would never intentionally cause damage to your home, but still, you are one of the biggest threats to your home. How? Through simple absent mindedness and clumsy behavior. This happens more often than you realize, simply because people tend to run on autopilot when they’re in their homes. Before they realize, they’ve done something that’s caused damage that needs to be fixed. Everybody makes mistakes; the key is to make sure the mistakes you make aren’t too costly!

Structural Issues

It’s often only too late that we realize that our homes have some pretty big issues that require substantial money to repair. One of these issues is structural damage. If you’re beginning to notice cracks and a general sloping trajectory at floor level, then it might be too late. Look for telltale signs of damage before it becomes too pronounced; for instance, if you’re suddenly scraping the bottom of the door when you’re closing it, that could be an early indication that you’ve got issues. Keep this problem at bay by having proper drainage and making sure no water can gather under your home.

DIY

Now, no-one’s going to say that you shouldn’t try your hand at DIY projects. You absolutely should! It’s really fun to use your hands and then later enjoy the fruits of your labor. However, be wary. You need to know what you’re doing, because if you don’t then you might find that you’ve achieved the opposite: you’ve caused damage to your home. It’s unlikely that you’ll cause damage to such an extent that your home will be at risk, but we’re sure you’d rather not have to fork out extra for a professional to fix something just because you messed up.

Other People

It doesn’t matter where you live: you need to have adequate security measures in place to ensure that would-be criminals don’t sense weakness in your home. This can be as simple as having heavy duty locks on your doors, ensuring there is never an open window or other opportunity to get in, and having a security alarm. If you want to take it further, then you can do things like getting a security camera and outdoor motion sensor light.

Garden Trees

Take a look around your home. Are there any trees that leer over your house, ready to do damage should they be given an extra nudge by strong winds? If so, it’ll be time to call in an arborist. It might be a matter of just trimming away some branches so that there are no heavy branches ready to fall on your home. In some cases, the tree might have to be removed entirely. You might not want to lose a tree from your property, but it’s for a greater good.

Water Everywhere

Water is one of the biggest threats to your home because it can come from two places. Everyone has pipes and drains in their home, and when these break, you can have more water on your hands than you know what to do with. Additionally, if you live in an area that’s prone to flooding or which receives heavy rainfall, you might be left with a problem that only the services of a flooding cleanup company can resolve. While you can’t stop mother nature doing its thing, you can limit the chances of flooding by regular checking pipes and water outlets, and shut off the water supply when you’re going away for a few days.

Mold

Mold is a threat to your home, but even worse than that, it’s a threat to the health of you and your family. It grows when there is too much moisture in the air, and while it can be removed when you know where it is, sometimes you won’t even see it. If you’re wheezing and sneezing and have a general air of feeling unwell without any reason, it’s highly possible that you have mold in your home. Take steps to remove it and get your home – and your health – back to tip-top condition.

Your Pets

You’ll love your pet, but it might cost you more than you realize. A recent study found that a pet will cause, on average, around $1000 worth of household damage over their lifetime, and what’s worse is that most home insurance policies don’t cover the costs. That means you’re left with three options: avoid owning pets, make sure they’re well trained, or be ready to fork out the cash.

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Severe Storms

Storms can cause a lot of damage. While most people know whether they get regular storms or not if they don’t then they usually don’t have the systems in place to deal with it. When the storm comes, thousands of dollars worth of damage can be caused. You can prevent your home from being damaged by reading up on how best to protect your home during stormy weather. With your home taken care of, you’ll be able to buckle down and enjoy the cozy warmth of the indoor as the weather rages outside.

Bedbugs

And finally, one more creepy crawly danger to your house is bedbugs. These guys are making a return at an alarming rate, making homes deeply uncomfortable in the process. If you suspect that you have them in your home, make sure you’re taking steps to get rid of them as soon as possible.

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