Monday, 22 Apr 2024

How to avoid residential property damage

Your home is vulnerable to many forces, natural and otherwise, that could damage or destroy it. Not only is this costly to you but it could leave you without a roof over your head. Knowing about some common causes of residential property damage could help you protect your home. 


Fire can cause the most damage to your home and cost the most to correct, whether that involves repairing the damage or replacing the home. The installation of Fire Code California, avoidance of combustible items, and checking for frayed wiring on appliances and electrical devices can all help to reduce the risk. 

Water Damage

There are two types of water damage: The kind that results from weather and the kind that is not weather related. The second type results from things like plumbing leaks, clogged toilets, and carelessness when running water in sinks or bathtubs, allowing it to overflow. Another potential cause of water damage that you might not think about can occur if there is a house fire when first responders come to extinguish it. Therefore, as counterintuitive as it may sound, fire can actually be an indirect cause of water damage. 


Hail consists of large chunks of ice that have collected in the clouds, becoming larger through cycles of refreezing until they become so heavy that they must fall to Earth. Large, heavy hailstones can damage your roof and potentially even rip holes through it. There is little that you can do to shield your home from hail, but remodeling with resistant building materials may help. 


You may not think that even a very strong wind can damage your home on its own. Actually, most of the time when wind causes damage, it is because it has picked up objects such as outdoor furniture and turned them into projectiles, or ripped branches and limbs from trees. You can prevent this kind of damage by tying down outdoor objects and keeping trees pruned. 

Before you discount the destructive potential of wind, think about hurricanes and tornados, which are very strong winds blowing in a circular fashion.