The top three culprits for home damage are water damage, fire damage and termite damage. These damages are expensive to repair, stressful and should be avoided by taking preventative steps. After all, it breaks your heart when accidents like this occur, destroying your possessions and memories. Unfortunately, property damage is common, but it can be reduced and even avoided.
It all starts with planning and taking a few action steps. Here are a few steps you can take.
This is probably the most common of all three. Floods, hurricane, tornado, burst or leaking pipes can destroy your home and contents. From your walls, floors, furniture, kitchen cabinets and appliances, water can wreak havoc. Excess water in the ceiling, attic or basement are serious to your health and property.
Even small amounts of water damage can spoil furniture, clothes, carpets, walls and floors. Mold and mildew turns your home into a health hazard, so make sure you remove all mold before painting walls and ceilings.
At the other end, the smell of carpet mold is almost impossible to remove. For small areas here is information on how to get rid of carpet odor after water damage. Larger areas may need all carpets removed and replaced.
First, inspect the floors underneath to see their condition. Floors must be totally dry can should be treated and restored before adding new carpets.
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Fire damage is perhaps the most dangerous because it works quickly and destroys everything within minutes. To avoid fire damage start with prevention.
Install fire alarms, keep fire extinguishers close by and stay alert to stoves, ovens and open flames. Never leave candles, open fires or heating unattended.
Keep gutters and gardens clear of debris. Remove dead trees and bushes from the property or chop them into firewood, and store away from the house.
If you experience a house fire, move your family and pets outdoors immediately. Hosing your roof and external walls with water can often break the fire, but its no guarantee it will save your home.
If you have extensive fire damage, get confirmation from your local fire marshal that your property is safe to enter. Only then should you enter.
Take photos and talk with your insurance representative. If you live in a region that experiences regular natural fires it best to keep important documents like insurance papers, property titles, passports and other information at a different location.
Cleaning up after a fire is a big job and you must take care every step of the way.
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Unlike fires or floods that destroy in minutes or hours, termites act so slowly and silently. You probably won’t notice the damage until it is too late. One way to avoid termite damage is by arranging routine pest inspections. This will help you find any pest problems early and deal with them quickly.
Termites love to feed on wood and exist in colonies. They will slowly consume and destroy your walls, floors and any timber they can find. This destroys your the structure of your home and is a serious safety risk.
Termites often leave clues such as –
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If you think you have termites contact a professional immediately. Arrange regular inspections either annually or every two years to maintain your property.
Your home is one of the biggest investments you and your family might ever make. It is where you store the things that matter to you, where people that matter to you live, and where your memories are made and live. Safeguard your home and belongings. It takes a little work but its one of the best investments you will ever make. Draw up a regular maintenance checklist, and go through it regularly.