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Maybe, you’ve got some time on your hands. Some DIY projects might be in order. These will help you stay productive while also fortifying your home. That way, no matter what, you’ll be prepared. Whether it’s a storm or an intruder, you can do something to prevent disaster. Here are a few easy ways to get started.
Install Storm Shutters Over the Doors and Windows
Wind shear can be a major threat to your home. If you live somewhere prone to hurricanes, these make even more sense. Storm shutters cover the windows and entryways. They’re built to withstand incredibly powerful winds. You might still lose a couple of shingles, but you won’t be replacing any windows.
Waterproof the Basement
Investing in some basement waterproofing sealer provides an easy way to prevent water damage. A flooded basement could cost thousands to fully repair. Coat the basement in some of this to minimize any damages. After drying, it creates an impermeable seal, preventing water penetration. That way, even if water does get down there, you won’t have to repair too much.
Put Water Sensors Near Major Appliances
Even with some sealant downstairs, you could still have water damage. The other major area where this happens would be near your major appliances. Things like the fridge and the dishwater might leak. When that happens, water could flood all over the house. If you’ve got hard-wood floors, they would cost a ton to replace. To stop anything like this from occurring, grab some water sensors. Put them near anything that uses a lot of water. They’ll notify you at the first sign of moisture. Then, you can just run to the water main and shut it off. From there, it’s just a matter of figuring out what the problem is.
Add Some Surveillance to Your Property
Not all threats to your home are weather-related. Sometimes, intruders like to target homes to steal things. If you live somewhere this is a concern, a surveillance system would give you peace of mind. Make sure that you cover both the front and the rear of your home. That way, anyone who approaches your home will be caught on camera.
Consider the Merits of a Home Security System
Cameras are great, but they don’t always prevent something from happening. Sure, you’ll have the footage to show in court afterward. However, with a nice security system, you could avoid the whole ordeal. Secure the doors and the windows with security sensors. Attach those to an audible alarm. Most of the time, when someone hears that, they’ll go running. You could even hook up your system to a monitoring service. That way, whenever the alarm is triggered, it’ll notify the proper authorities.
In Some Areas, a Fire Suppression Trench Might Be a Good Idea
Wildfires can cause a tremendous amount of damage. If you happen to live somewhere where they are common, you should protect your home as much as possible. You’ll need to live on a bit of land. But, if you’ve got the space, a fire suppression trench can be life-saving. Dig a hole about 6 feet deep, and then continue digging in a circle around your property. Leave something intact so you can still drive away. However, with one of these, those wildfires will have a much tougher time crossing the property line.
Floodlights Are Perfect When It’s Dark Outside
Hopefully, you live in an area with good lighting. Not all homes have quality street lights outside, though. If your home is somewhere dark, try putting up some floodlights. These light up everything when they are on. You could even connect them to some motion sensors. Whether it’s an animal or a person, nothing will approach your home undetected.
Transforming Your Home Into a Fortress
With enough time on your hand, you could transform your home into a veritable fortress. We’d suggest starting with one project at a time. Otherwise, it’s all too easy to let yourself get overwhelmed. As long as you keep plugging away, progress will be made. After enough time, you’ll be amazed at your home’s transformation.