When we think of home security and protection, we often think of large fences, security cameras, perhaps a bodyguard in a suit with a transparent coiled earpiece and sunglasses, speaking into their sleeve now and then. Perhaps we imagine keycard access and a panic room. Of course, we could only perhaps realize the first two if we’re stretching our budget, and the others might be completely unnecessary. But that ideal of home security carries with it the same spirit.
Yet often, we fail to consider how we might protect our homes from the outside. Of course, protecting your home against thieves, trespassers and those with negative intent is essential to feel safe in your home. But rogue fools are hardly the only threat to our homes. It might be that keeping our interiors secure can help you avoid any and all threat to your home, be that as seemingly harmless as pest control or preventing wasp nests from building in your attic.
With the following advice, we hope to help you protect your home from the inside:
Some problems can grow the longer they are left unattended. This is certainly the case for pests that might spawn in your crawlspace or basement. It might be cockroaches, rats, or perhaps something even more worrying if you live in an area with diverse wildlife or a tropical climate. Pest control is important to this end, because not only can they spread bacteria, but they can potentially harm the safety of your home. This is where hiring the best pest control is essential to ensure that your home is fumigated against all pest risks. But if you do not identify them, it’s still best to prevent them from ever coming to pass, particularly when the seasons start to shift. This is because at the start of the warmer months, pests will multiply to an intense degree, and during the start of the colder months, they will be happy to look in your house for heat.
Preventative measures include purchasing poison, traps, spraying certain damp and warm areas, ensuring that damp is taken care of, and allowing a pest control agent to place deterrents within the problem areas. This way, you can ensure that pests are impeded and will not enter into your home.
Flooding can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage, particularly if coming from above. This can be a worrying state of affairs for most people, because the longer it goes, the more restorative work will need to be completed. Not only that, but water damage can cause walls to rot, bacteria to grow, and even electrical safety to become compromised. This is where, at least once or twice a year, it’s important to look around your property and see what positive changes can be made. It might be that the roofing felt of your property needs replacing, especially to impede the flash showers that might come in the midst of Spring. It might be that your basement has started to flood from a leaky pipe, or that your under-sink plumbing is causing trouble. This is also why it’s important to have the plumbing inspected after moving into a new home, just so you know what you’re working with there.
Insulation is essential to ensure that your heating isn’t being stolen from you. Otherwise, it can often be that turning on the boiler and radiators holds little value. It can also prevent chilly draughts from coming in, and again, insulation has a strong preventative quality when it comes to avoiding water damage. It’s best to get top quality work done, such as having spray foam insulation expand and prevent your walls from losing their heat. It can also be important to install new windows or window arches to ensure even the smallest holes are plugged. You’d be surprised just how effective this can be in the long run, and how much money this could help you save.
Child proofing is an important part of any familial home. This is because children, especially those who have just started to learn how to walk, seem to be true experts in how they could possibly hurt themselves. In fact, you’ll likely be amazed at the creativity in which they can do that. But of course, it’s unacceptable for this to happen, and so we need to protect our homes from them, but most importantly, them from our homes.
It can be important to place foam edges on the corners of low-tables and high-tables alike. This can prevent a nasty impact should they run or fall into one. Plug sockets can be filled with plastic socket-protectors, those that need a certain type of specified grip to grasp and pull out. Catches and latches on drawers and cupboards can prevent fingers from being trapped or harmful items from being reached, but it’s also important to put dangerous items, such as cleaning products, well above their ability to reach. Also, consider how they might climb over the furniture. If this is possible, do not leave them in that room alone.
Do not allow toys to be left on the floor, especially those that could be a choking hazard. Finally, consider your pets. You may have the most timid and loving dog, but because of their size, it might only take them getting excited for dinner for them to run past and knock your child over. However, even the most seemingly innocent dog can lash out should they be accidentally hit by the child awkwardly trying to stroke them.
Check The Firmament
Subsidence can be a worrying issue for many homes. In some cases, it can condemn them completely. For this reason, it’s important to continually inspect, at least once every few months, the perimeter of your building, especially lower levels such as the basement. This way you can see cracks, dislodged parts of the wall, or issues with the foundations as they appear. From there, you may be able to gain much-needed and timely construction and repairs.
With these tips, you are sure to protect your home from the inside.