4 Safety Considerations for Your Home to Prevent Structural Damage and Collapse
Owning a home can be freeing, because it represents winning a major battle against depending on others for a place to live. On the other hand, less ideal arrangements had the practical upshot of giving you someone else to turn to for home maintenance. Even this benefit of renting apartments can be turned against you because it can leave you unprepared to take care of your own home. These tips can give you a place to start when it comes time to maintain and repair your home.
Homes are built to last, and they can withstand quite a lot. With that in mind, it’s not uncommon for victims of a fire to survive with their home mostly intact. However, fire only exists by destroying timber, so a house fire will necessarily cause some damage. The biggest issue will be structural damage as walls and floors are eaten away by the flames. This type of damage will require some basic construction to fix, at the very least.
On the other hand, more minor damage such as soot stains are less detrimental to your way of life, but they can serve as a major hit to the beauty of your home and to your morale. You can address these problems and more by commissioning a fire damage restoration service in order to solve the problem quickly and effectively without the need for a major time commitment and the corresponding skill requirement. However, a minor fire is no reason to panic. Lesser damage to lumber is often negligible in terms of its practical effects, and recent soot can be wiped away with minimal staining if you get to it quickly enough.
On the other end of the elemental spectrum, water damage is a more common threat, and it often goes unnoticed until it’s too late. Water damage can start by warping the lumber in your home, from the structural components down to your walls and ceilings. After this warping, lumber will eventually start to rot. At the earliest stages of water damage, the problem is minimal, but leaving the problem alone can eventually lead to the collapse of a home, so it needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
The first signs of water damage are the presence of a leak or the discoloration of the affected area, and these signs should prompt a thorough investigation. Black spots, however, indicate a more severe problem, and water damage is not reversible. This means that repairing major water damage will require you to replace the affected lumber entirely, and that can be costly, not to mention that it can require extensive renovations to open up crawlspaces. While you can resort to professional help for severe water damage, you can also help to prevent or mitigate the damage by keeping an eye out for the warning signs.
If your home or business has sustained damage from excess water, consider getting help from a water damage restoration company to prevent further damage to your property.
The foundation of your home is incredibly important. However, it can be difficult to perceive a given problem with the foundation until it has progressed to a detrimental point. In that sense, a crack in your foundation is not unlike water damage. However, the foundation is an all or nothing feature, and a bad enough crack can and will cause your house to shift until it collapses.
Luckily, repairing a cracked foundation can be simple and affordable if you catch it in time. You can use a concrete mix to seal a minor crack reliably. On the other hand, it only gets more difficult and more costly as the problem worsens. If you have a basement with an exposed foundation, you can check on your foundation on a regular basis, and you should make it a point to do so. However, a foundation that can’t easily be viewed will require you to keep your eyes peeled for warning signs, such as leaning walls and cracked windows. If you see these signs, contact a foundation contractor that can help you solve the problem via construction and renovation.
While it’s much less dangerous to the structural stability of your home, the loosening of screws and other fasteners over time can present a more direct threat to you and your family. As you continually use things such as doorknobs and railings, the screws holding them in place are tested, and this causes them to gradually come loose. Loose screws can then result in the failure of a given feature in your home to a variety of negative effects. For instance, a doorknob can fall apart, leaving you trapped in a room until the problem is solved. On the other hand, a loose balcony railing can allow you to fall and become injured, or worse. One of the most important things you can do as a homeowner is keep an eye out for loose fixtures and, instead of ignoring them, tighten them right away.
Owning a home is a major responsibility. Make sure you are proactive with home maintenance and respond to emergencies quickly to prevent structural damage that could lead to mush worse issues.