There are plenty of threats that face our homes. It could be the prying eyes and hands of others, it could be storms or natural disasters, or it could be man-made and caused by our own carelessness.

The issue is that modern life and the distractions of work and play can take us away from the serious issues that face homeowners. Not only does the home need to be cleaned and maintained, but it needs to be assessed and protected.

You are Your Own Expert

Now, you’ll be the expert on your home. You’ll know the area, the weather and the threats that your home faces and if you aren’t the expert, you absolutely need to become the expert. Why? Because it’s your home, not anyone else’s!


What threats can your home face? Well, flooding is something that can happen at any time. The threat is exacerbated if you live in an area that is prone to flooding, like next to a river. However, flooding can happen if the pipework in the house isn’t up to code. If your bath and shower can’t drain the water, there’s a chance it will leak through the house and erode the structures in the household. While at first this may not be a problem, it can develop into a serious issue as wood rots under the streams of dirty water. If your house has an issue with water disposal, this should be assessed and resolved through the work of a good plumber. Water isn’t an immediate threat like fire, but it can be something that weakens the resolve of your structure and can lead to hazards like rot and mold. Water is a huge threat to your household and shouldn’t be ignored if problems are staring you in the face.


Another threat is the threat of others. For whatever reason, there are people who will look to take what you have. You can prevent a break-in by not putting your valuables on show and keeping a secure home. Buy an alarm system and lock your doors. There are easy ways to prevent criminals from eyeing up your property and the valuable inside. Determined criminals will break-in to a property, but you can take easy steps to make your home less of a target. If you provide valuable and access, they will be taken. Don’t do that!

Fire Damage

As with water, fire can cause a huge amount of damage to the home and this can be man-made (not necessarily via arson). It’s important to install fire alarms and ensure the inhabitants of your home are educated on the dangers of fire. If the worst comes to the worst, there are ways to get your property back in order through restoration services like ServiceMaster. That ideally will not happen, just make sure you take the right precautions and keep your home secure. Don’t invite danger and disaster into your home, because that’s not a chance you want to take.

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and talent offering design tips.