Mother Nature, while often times beautiful and mesmerizing, can have some devastating effects. While we have control of most things contributing to the well-being in our lives, such as how we protect our loved ones from undesirable circumstances, natural disasters and weather=related damages are sadly out of our hands.
Luckily there are a few preventative measures we can take to minimize any damages caused by Mother Natures’ will. No matter where you live and no matter what disasters may loom unknowingly in the shadows, we have a few solid tips to help reduce any catastrophe that may occur.
Many of the preceding disasters can not only contribute to the destruction of your property but also the possibility of serious injuries or in some extreme cases, fatalities. This is why it is of the utmost importance to take the proper measures to ensure that your family and your home is protected. Some of the most common natural disasters that occur are small, the water heater leaking or a stove top kitchen fire. However, more dire disasters such as tornadoes and hurricanes can happen at any moment.
Mother Nature has four elements, each with numerous natural disaster attached to them. Let us take a look one by one and address the preventative resolutions we can follow to minimize any damages.
Water damage can come in a few different forms, from a burst pipe, water back up or flood due to natural elements such as rain or a tsunami.
Some ways you can protect your house from water damage is to ensure your outside perimeter is secure. You can do this by installing a solid reliable fence, having sand filled flood bags and installing backflow valves or toilet bungs.
If you live in a high flood risk area, we recommend reallocating some things from your basement to higher levels to prevent major loss and damage. Things to consider moving would be anything of value to you, such as important documents. Also, any major appliances, such as your washer and dryer, water heater, furnace, and any electrical panels. If you can’t move these to another floor, considering putting them on a pedestal.
Much like water, fire has multiple ways it can be a threat to your home. Inside your house, you want to ensure that you do not leave any open flames unattended, such as a candle or a fireplace. Also be sure to hire a professional chimney sweep, and occasionally use CRL logs, to ensure all smoke can clear your house. You will also want to frequently check inside your walls and electronics for faulty wiring, as well as regularly clean out your dryer lint, as all these items can quickly start a fire.
If you are facing an external fire source, make sure that your potted plants and shrubs are away from your home as anything dry will be a fuel for the fire. We recommend you water the surroundings of your house as much as you can, as this can slow down or even prevent the fire from reaching the building.
High Winds, Tornadoes, and Hurricanes
When facing natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes you will need some heavy duty protection. We recommend starting with some Plylox Hurricane Window Clips, hurricane shutters for your windows and a reinforced garage door. This also helps prevent any possible damage that could happen due to hail. You also have the option to add Simpson Strong-Tie Hurricane Ties, which any contractor can install for you to assure extra stability for the frame of your home.
The nice things about these ties are that they can help you with the next element as well.
There are quite a few ways we can prepare for earthquakes. As aforementioned, we can use strong-ties to stabilize our home, which can prevent major structural damage. As well, if you live in an area where earthquakes are predominant, you should consider securing heavy objects, for such as dressers, TV stands, and bookcases with wall brackets.
Also, when you receive an earthquake warning, make sure you shut off your gas valve, this can help prevent any gas build up which could lead to further damages. However, only do this if it is safe to do so.