Ready for Anything: 4 Steps to Prepare Your Home for a Disaster

You expect your home to serve you and your family for decades to come. There are many disasters that can befall your home during your lifetime, so it’s vital to your home’s survival that you make good on these four preparations to ensure that your home is ready for anything.

Window Upgrades

Old windows can cause a myriad of issues within your home. Old windows are full of air leaks, which allow your conditioned air to escape. Old windows also lose their clarity and shine, blocking essential sunlight from entering your home. Damaged window screens and window frames create gaps that allow pests to invade your home, too. If you’ve been meaning to upgrade and replace your home windows, now is the best time to make good on that idea. Replacing your old windows will save you money on your monthly energy bills as well as provide pest protection.

Foundation Maintenance

The foundation of your home is the single most important aspect of your home. Your foundation, unfortunately, isn’t invincible and can suffer from serious issues. It can develop cracks and leaks over time. A foundation can also suffer from settling, which will keep your home from becoming level. These and other issues can lead to serious damages to your home, resulting in your home becoming inhabitable. You should have your home’s foundation inspected regularly. If any damages are found, schedule a professional to make foundation repairs immediately.

Roof Repairs

Your roof keeps you dry and warm during the winter while keeping you cool and protected from UV rays during the summer. Considering all of the protections it provides, it’s understandable that your roof will need to be repaired every now and then to keep it in optimal shape. Inspect your roof once a year for missing shingles, leaks, rust, and holes. Make repairs as needed as a do-it-yourself project or by hiring a roofing professional.

Plumbing Protection

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The pipes inside of your home need just as much maintenance as the rest of your home. Pipes can become frequently clogged by debris or by mineral deposits. Pipes that are constantly clogging may need to be repaired or replaced.

While you can perform a lot of these maintenance repairs and inspections yourself, some will be more difficult than others. To ensure the job is done correctly, you should consider only hiring a professional repair contractor to perform maintenance and inspection tasks.

About the Author:

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber

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