Home mitigation is the act of preparing for disaster. No home is completely safe from potential danger, but a proper home mitigation team will optimize your chances of surviving a disaster with as little damage to your home as possible. There are only a few general steps to mitigating a home, but they require help from an experienced professional.
First, the risks within the home must be analyzed and predicted before they occur. Next, a professional mitigation crew must put the work into reducing these risks by following strict construction regulations that are designed to reduce threats to home owners. When the home is properly prepped for disaster, then the final stage of mitigation should take place. An appropriate insurance policy could save you a lot of money if something were to happen to your home. It is necessary to assess your situation. Where you live, down to the plot of land, will play a serious role in the type of insurance policy that you acquire. It is important to hire a trustworthy mitigation company that will work hard to improve the safety of your home and provide accurate information that will help you through the insurance shopping process.
Water Damage and Mold
One of the largest dangers to a home is flood water. Floods cause more damage than any other natural disaster. However, floods are not always natural. Often, faulty plumbing will create flood water that can wreak havoc on your home. When flood water is not removed properly, it will become stagnant in hard to reach areas. Stagnant water will inevitably lead to mold, which can produce spores that can endanger you and your family. These spores can enter the air through an HVAC unit and spread without your knowledge. Aside from the health risks, water damage will also spread, destroying the structure of your home. Mold and stagnant water must be completely removed in order to prevent further damage. However, once it has spread, removing mold and water damage becomes a serious matter that could require weeks of costly home repairs.
Severe weather conditions can alter the land on which your home was built. When large amounts of water pass through the earth, soil is shifted, removing pressure from certain areas and applying it tenfold in other areas. The foundation of your home relies on ideal soil conditions to remain strong. If pressure in the soil were to suddenly shift to the foundation, it could cause cracks that allow water to pass through. Dealing with damage to the foundation of a home is a lot different than simply removing flood water. The foundation is what keeps your home safely in place. If the damage is severe enough, it can cause major structural damage to the rest of the house.
Being a home owner is not easy. It requires dedication and attention to detail. However, most home owners are either too busy or not knowledgeable enough to handle mitigation issues on their own. It is wise to schedule an inspection at least once a year to ensure that no major problems are going unnoticed.