Gardening with Allen

Four Ways to Protect Your Home and Yard

Your home is your castle, and you need to take the necessary measures to keep it safe. It’s easy to think that the worst will never happen, but you have no guarantees that it won’t. Taking precautions so that you won’t suffer the devastation of losing everything you’ve worked so hard for is as much an investment as the property itself. 

Here are some of the things you can do to make sure your home and yard are protected: 

  1. Security measures

Even if you live in what is regarded as a safe area, you are susceptible to the possibility of a burglary. There’s nothing worse than coming home and realizing that your private space has been violated. 

Add to that the fact that your beloved possessions are gone. Some of the things you own are not necessarily valuable in terms of what they cost. Instead, they have great sentimental value, and no amount of insurance money can replace them. 

You can install a security system in your home that alerts you and the alarm company of intruders. Setting the alarm at night means you won’t wake to the awful realization that someone is standing over you, ready to do you harm. 

You’ll have a warning of someone trying to break into your home. Sophisticated security systems include outdoor motion sensors to let you know someone is in your yard. They also include cameras, some of which are motion activated. 

  1. Fire prevention

There are increasing incidences of homeowners losing their houses to wildfires. Sometimes, there is little you can do to prevent such an event. However, there are other causes of fires that you can protect your home from easily. Engaging fire watch guard services means you have help at hand should a fire break out. 

Electrical faults cause many blazes. When wires are exposed, they are prone to overheating and causing a fire. You should regularly inspect your home’s wiring to make sure everything is in order. Runaway fires often start in the yard when conditions are dry. Clear leaves and brush from the garden as they catch fire easily. 

Smoke detectors in each room of the house can help to prevent a fire from spreading. The sooner you are alerted to a fire, the sooner you can act. This will minimize any damage done. 

  1. Minimize the effects of natural disasters

A structurally sound home is more likely to survive an extreme weather event such as a hurricane, tornado, or flood. Homes in areas prone to seismic events such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, or tsunamis are built with special precautions. 

If you have a basement, you need to prevent it from becoming a water accumulation spot. Make sure it is damp proofed and that the foundations are not damaged. 

Avoid having a garden that slopes toward your house as it speeds up the rate at which water flows toward the structure. Have your home inspected to make sure you’re taking all possible precautions against loss or damage caused by natural disasters. 

  1. Maintenance

Regular maintenance of your home is better than waiting for a crisis to occur. For example, inspect and unblock your guttering before it becomes congested and breaks. Make sure your fence or wall is in good condition, as it acts as a deterrent for would-be burglars. Check your plumbing to avoid a burst water heater and all the damage it causes. 

Don’t allow your garden to become overgrown. It becomes the perfect place for criminals to lie in wait for you, not to mention the fire hazard it poses. Plants that encroach on the building can damage the foundations if they are left untended.  

Allen Wilson

Allen has been writing about gardening for over 30 years. He is a retired professor of Horticulture.