There are many things in this world you cannot count on, but one of them is the fact that your home will experience some form of natural disaster sometime over the course of its lifespan. By knowing the area that your home is located in, as well as knowing what type of disasters that you may possibly experience, you can plan to minimize the damage that can occur.
First it is essential to know and understand the definition of a natural disaster.
Basic Planet’s definition of natural disaster is “any catastrophic event that is caused by nature or the natural process of the earth”, and also goes on to state “the severity of a disaster is measured in lives and economic loss, and the ability of the population to rebuild”.
Types of Natural Weather Disasters
Depending on the region that you live in Houston, you and your home could experience any of the following:
- Heat Wave
- Ice Storms
More and more you can see an increase of natural disasters happening within The United States and around the world. It makes perfect sense to try to minimize the impact that it can have on all of your structures.
Ways to Protect Your Home and Foundation
Since there is such a long list of disasters that can affect your Houston residence, it is essential to know what you can do to protect your home and foundation before they happen.
For the sake of time, we will go over just a few measures that you can take to help guard your Houston home from possible extensive damage.
Have Your Home Inspected
This is extremely important, especially if you are in a home that is older, or if your home has had previous damage from any of the listed natural disasters. By taking this step you will be able to find out if there is damage somewhere within your home that you might not have known about, or if your house is up to the regions code's standards.
A home inspection can also help if you need to file a claim later with your insurance company, but make sure that the inspector that you hire meets the requirements for your state and local area government.
If your home does not have a proper drainage system on or around the structure, it can have a damaging effect on the foundation. This step will help to keep your home from possible water damage.
Rain gutters can help to direct moisture away from the house, but it also needs to be maintained for optimal benefits. If the land that is around your home is not at the correct grade level, it can lead to flooding problems. If possible you can help to direct water away from the house if you can regrade the area.
When in areas that can experience drought issues, you need to have sufficient moisture around your home. If too much moisture is taken away from the foundation it can impact the homes structural integrity.
You can help maintain the correct moisture problems by having a water system set up around the foundation, such as a soaker or drip hoses or even a sprinkler system. Make sure that you either have plants and trees at least five to ten feet away from the foundation, or only have plants and trees that will pull a limited amount of moisture from the soil and not intrude on the foundation.
This is making sure that certain parts of the structure are as secure as possible. Even if you have an older home, you should be able to complete this step. For this, you will need to inspect and fix the following areas: gable end bracing, roof to wall attachment, roof deck attachment and lastly the roof itself!
If all of the above has been completed your roof will stand up to a more significant amount of wind, which can and will help to keep the home intact.
Seal all doors and windows throughout the home to keep as much moisture from intruding as possible.
Keep Debris Away From the Home
If you have anything that is lying around in your yard that can become hazardous if picked up or thrown, you need to make sure to either get rid of it or make sure that it is secured.
Be vigilant with your home's surroundings and take the necessary cautions to keep your home sound and your family safe.