There is never a good time for costly home repairs, and even if your homeowners insurance will cover a lot of the cost due to the circumstances of how damage occurred, you will still be responsible for paying your deductible. Some repairs are inevitable and there is nothing you can do about it-- for example, if a violent hailstorm hits your area, your roof may sustain a lot of damage. But there are several things you can do to your home to help prevent extensive damage from occurring so you can limit repair costs:
Install a Water Leak Detection System
A broken pipe or leaking water heater can cause extensive damage in a short amount of time, and the situation can be even worse if the issue happens when you are away from your home and the water flows for hours, or even days. Installing a water leak detection system in your home can potentially save you a lot of money, as well as the hassle of cleaning up a flooded room, and it will also give you peace of mind when you are away from your house. A water leak detection system works by constantly monitoring the water flow in your home's plumbing system; when a leak is detected, there is an automatic shut off valve that turns off the water coming into your home.
Keep a Fire Extinguisher in Your Kitchen
Having a fire extinguisher in your kitchen can be the difference between a small grease fire and your house burning down. When a small fire erupts in the kitchen, many people panic and don't know what to do. A fire extinguisher at hand can provide an immediate solution so things don't get out of hand. Putting out a small fire with a fire extinguisher can result in a big mess, but the time you spend cleaning up is well worth it if your home and belongings don't suffer serious damage.
Stay on Top of Termite Treatments
Termites may be small in size, but these tiny pests can cause serious damage to your home. The danger with termites is the fact that an infestation may not be immediately detected; termites typically feed on wood deep inside your house and by the time you begin to notice the signs of termites they have most likely already caused substantial structural damage. You can prevent having to spend a lot of money making repairs due to termites by staying on top of professional termite treatments. One termite treatment is typically effective for several years-- keep track of when you have treatments done, and schedule your next treatment before your last one fails to be effective.