Nature Always Wins: Protecting Your Beautiful Home From Ugly Disaster

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Hello darlings!

The wrath of nature seems to be getting more fierce each and every year. Fires, floods, hurricanes; they’re all getting more and more common. It’s devastating to hear about this kind of devastation. In fact, there is only one thing worse than opening up Facebook and reading about people who have lost their family homes, and that is losing your family home in a natural disaster.

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Of course, we all think we are immune to such things. But wishing won’t keep you and your beautiful home safe, safety will. That’s why we have come up with some top tips and simple tricks to help you and your family become that much safer.

We Didn’t Start The Fire
We all want to live in a gorgeous place where it is always summer. Florida, Arizona, California. But as totally gorgeous these places are they are also prone to fires, especially in the Spring and Summer months. But other than having the right insurance, there are other things you can do to protect your castle. Replace your roof with flame retardant shingles. Move any potted plants you may have dotted around your stunning garden further away from your property and water them regularly. You’ll be amazed how quickly green plants and shrubs can catch fire and how quickly it can spread too. Basically, just stay on top of your garden and clear any dead brush asap. If you do hear of a fire nearby, then accept a higher water bill and hose down your home and hose down your lawns.

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Here Comes The Flood
Floods aren’t exclusive to homes in flood areas. Beach properties, lake houses, those near reservoirs or dams or anywhere within 15 miles of the coast; they can all be hit. Yeah, these are all idyllic settings to call home, but they can all be hit. So make sure your home insurance covers you for flooding because, as explained on restorationeze.com, it is better they pay for your restoration and cleanup costs than you do. Of course, you can make moves to fortify your beautiful palace too. Invest in flood gates to cover your lower floor windows and doors or, if you can’t afford this, have a stash of sandbags on hand. Another great idea is to have a contingency plan to move all of your valuables to a safe place, even if that is just upstairs. If you’re thinking about building your dream home in an area known to flood, then it could be the little things that save you a huge headache, like raising your plug sockets that little bit higher and make sure your fuse box is well out of harm’s way.
Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season

We’ve all seen the effects of a hurricane even if we haven't been affected by them. They are devastating. Now, we know nature can’t be tamed, but what you can do is improve your armor on this front, and here is how. Start with the simple stuff, like investing in hurricane straps and storm shutters. This will protect your stunning home from being littered with debris, which is the priority, right? We want to protect our homes because we want to protect our family’s. Another worthwhile thing to do is get yourself a shelter. Make it a feature piece in your garden, something that doubles up as a garden room, but make sure it will do the job when the time is right. If this isn’t an option financially, you could always follow this guide by familyhandyman.com and build your own. It’s better to be safe than sorry , right? That’s why it is also worth having an emergency evacuation plan that your whole family knows. Practice it too. Oh, and don’t forget to have an emergency bag by the door too - one that is waterproof. This should be filled with essential emergency equipment as well as enough non-perishable foods to last your family a week if need be.


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26 comments

  1. Thank goodness we don't have hurricanes in South Africa, they are terrifying. We recently had four days of heavy rain which caused unexpected flooding in town. The damage was huge and your reminder to check up on insurance is so well timed. I can't believe I didn't think of it!

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    1. That's good to know Tania, happy to have helped a bit :)

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  2. Fortunately when it comes to natural weather disasters we tend to be quite fortunate which I am glad about. That being said I can't imagine what I would do if we have floods and hurricanes. So glad that you know what to do x

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    1. Yeap UK has it a bit easy on that matter. Thanks Ana!

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  3. We are very lucky in the UK that we don't suffer with many natural weather disasters. I cant imagine how worrying and destructive that would be. Great tips though!

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  4. Fortunately I have never experienced any natural disaster and I din't know what to do if i ever go through one, Thanks for these useful tips

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  5. This is very informative and useful for someone who lives in a tropical country like me. I've experienced massive flooding, and it's no joke. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. No joke about flooding *shudders*. Thank you!

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  6. We definitely cannot control when disaster strikes. But I do really love all of your reasons for being prepared for things when they do happen inevitably.

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    1. Yeah I like to be proactive in situations like these. Thanks David!

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  7. Informative and useful for someone who lives in a tropical country. Thank you for sharing.:)

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  8. Fire is definitely a concern during wildfire season, especially when you look at what happened last year in Fort McMurray. This is such a great information to share!

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  9. We don't really get hurricanes in the UK. Although, flooding can be an issue in certain areas and really can cause a lot of damage to homes.

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    1. Yes you are the lucky ones geographically speaking!

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  10. Here in Iowa we worry a lot about tornadoes, especially in the Spring months. Even though our town has a great warning system and we have homeowners insurance .. you still hope you never have to use either!

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    1. I really hope you wont have to Alison!

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  11. Thank God, we dont get hurricanes in India. They are a total disaster which one cannot escape. It feels bad for the people who get effected by it. These are some nice tips to keep a house safe and insured.

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  12. I live in the UK and we are quite blessed to not have these natural disatsers. But I hve seen the heartbreak and devistation that it causes, but these top tips are great for those who liev in the area that suffers with these atrocities.

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    1. Yes the UK is a safe place in regards of natural disasters.

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  13. We have serious flooding in Houston, but other than that its fine. Nature is so beautiful. Love taking photos of the nature as well. http://www.clairebearblogs.com

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