Devastating natural disasters can cause millions of dollars worth of damage. You never know when the next natural disaster will strike and it’s important to make sure you take steps to ensure that your home is protected.
Flooding is the most common natural disaster and even a little bit of water can cause plenty of damage to a home. There are certain measures you can take to reduce this damage.
Install tiles instead of carpets.
Keep important documents in a waterproof lockbox.
- If your home is subject to flooding, remove or place expensive items out of harm’s reach.
- Keep gutters and drains free from debris.
- If you’re building a new home, make sure the utility meters and fuse box are in a position where they can’t be covered with water and damaged.
Large hailstones and even small ones can cause damage to your home. It helps if you install a roof made of asphalt shingles, tiles, metal or slate. Roofs made of these materials pay for themselves over time because they limit damage and your roof will last longer. They will not only protect your home from hail but other extreme weather, such as high winds.
Hurricanes can cause serious damage with high winds, storm surge and heavy rains. The force gives homes a battering and you should always evacuate if a hurricane is expected near your home, even if you have taken steps to protect it.
Storm shutters will help to protect your home from flying debris and strong windows. If you can install impact windows, your home can stay safe during storms. The frames of these windows are heavy-duty and they contain impact-resistant glass.
You cannot protect your home completely from a runaway fire but you can avoid building in areas prone to wildfires and take pre-emptive steps to reduce damage.
Install fire-resistant screens on windows and doors.
Keep grass short, bushes and trees well-trimmed.
Get rid of garden refuse.
Make sure you have a garden hose connected outside. If you are alerted of a nearby fire but don’t have to evacuate, you can wet the sides of your home and surrounding areas.
Buy a fire extinguisher and keep it in an easy-to-reach place.
A sprinkler system will help you to keep your lawn moist and prevent sparks from bursting into flame.
Consider the flammable materials you use inside and outside the home. Try to reduce the amount of flammable materials you use. If you’re building a new home, choose tile or steel roofing and stucco or cement siding on the exterior because they’re less flammable.
Protecting your home from a tornado is virtually impossible but you can build a home that can weather one more safely. If you build in an area of high risk, every aspect of your home must be able to withstand extremely high winds.
Brace every door and install impact-resistant windows. Anchor your roof securely to prevent it from flying off. Building a safe room in your home may be necessary and having an anchored safe in this room is wise.
Before you buy a new home, make sure you understand how safe your house is from natural disasters. Of course, natural disasters are unavoidable but you can limit your risks by buying or building in a safer area.
You can also limit the damage caused by natural disasters by the materials you use to build your home. Preparing your home before disaster strikes can significantly lessen the blow to your home and your family.