Making Your Home More Resilient

You want your home to be your safe haven — you want it to be a place that you can relax within in peace, warmth and prosperity. You do not, in any way, want it to ever become a place that holds you back from retaining the good standard of living that you deserve, and you certainly don’t want it to put your life in danger at any point.

In order to ensure that your home provides you with everything that you could possibly need, you need to make it more resilient. To find out what you need to do to boost your home’s resilience against external threats and extremities, read on.

Strengthen its flood management capabilities

Whether you live in an area prone to flooding or not, it never hurts to make your home more resilient against this type of extreme weather — doing so will see you remain unequivocally protected should a natural disaster rear its head. To boost your home’s resilience in this instance, you have to strengthen its flood management capabilities.

First and foremost, this means working on your property’s exterior. Especially if you live near a river or anything else that could easily flood given the chance, your first port of call should be to install a backstop — this will see your garden and home protected against backflow and sewage water. Something else that you should do is make sure your landscape is as flood-ready as it can be — this means laying down porous surfaces and mulch to ensure that flood water is absorbed before it is given the chance to reach your home, and this means digging swales into your ground to make sure that water runoff heads in any direction but towards you home.

In regards to taking flood-proofing action within your home, you should, first, install purpose-built doors or, at the very least, raise the door thresholds within your home. Also, you should make sure your floors are sealed with tanking in order to ensure stormwater isn’t given a chance to ruin your carpets.

Turn it into an earthquake-proofed building

Similarly, you can never rule out the possibility of your home being stricken by an earthquake, whether it is deemed particularly prone to this type of extremity or not.

When earthquake-proofing your home, your first task is to strengthen its foundations. To do this, you have to take a look at what it is that is holding your home to the ground — if it sits on poured concrete, chances are, your home may only be held down by nails and gravity. To boost your home’s residence in this sense, you should hammer some thick bolts into the sill plate and you should install steal anchor plates your home’s foundation.

Don’t worry, there are some far easier tasks to perform in your quest to earthquake-proof your home. One thing that you can do is secure the items that you store in your home with putty — adhesive putty can be used to keep decorative items, like fine china and trophies, in place during earthquakes.

Make it resilient against theft

Mother Nature isn’t the only threat posed to your home — criminals are a danger to it, too. For this reason, making your home resilient against theft should be high on your to-do list.

To safeguard your home against burglary, first of all, you have to scout out its potential weaknesses. This means taking a walk around your property in order to look out for areas of it that criminals might seek to take advantage of — a window that can easily be pried open, for instance, is something that should catch your eye during this process. Once you’ve unearthed all the areas and aspects of your home that you believe aren’t particularly strong, you should get to work in strengthening them.

Other things that you can do to make your home more resilient against theft include:

  • Keeping shrubbery around your home’s entrance trimmed to ensure there are no places for criminals to hide
  • Building a sturdy fence around your premises to ensure nobody can enter it undeterred
  • Stowing away your expensive items in order to avoiding tempting burglars in
  • Installing smart home technology like sensors and cameras so that you can keep an eye on your home even when you’re out and about
  • Drawing your curtains at all appropriate times
  • Making sure your house and streets is light during the night
  • Keeping your fences, doors and gates locked even when you’re at home
  • Having a proficient and tested alarm system work for you at all times

Upgrade your windows

Your windows are incredibly prone to issues of wear and tear — if they aren’t as resilient as can be, then they will become very weathered very quickly. If this were to be the case, you’d find a lot of your home’s energy escaping, quite literally, through the cracks, meaning you’d be forking out for energy that you don’t even get to use.

To make your windows more resilient all you need to do, quite simply, is upgrade them. Specifically, you should upgrade them so that they become PVCu windows. Poly Vinyl Chloride windows are incredibly thermal, they do not biologically decompose, they retain their shape when the temperature remains normal (exceedingly hot temperatures can reshape them, but that just means that they are a sustainable material), and they can withstand even the strongest of impacts. All of this means one thing: if you’re looking for as resilient a window as there is on the market, then you should go down the PVCu route.

By making your home more resilient you will provide yourself and your family with a better peace of mind. You’ll be able to avoiding living in fear of flooding, earthquakes and burglary, and you won’t have to waste as much money on energy usage.

Whether you’re particularly handy when it comes to DIY or not, you will be able to get to grips with all of the advice laid out above.

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