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Safety First Updates All Homeowners Need to Consider

When you're looking at doing updates to your home, it's not always glamorous things that need to be completed. Sometimes the best use for your hard earned dollars to making updates to your home that will ensure it's there for a long time and keep your family safe and healthy.

Here are some of the less glamorous areas that all home owners need to keep an eye on.

1. Roof and Gutters

Your roof is your first line of defense against the elements. In a powerful storm, it can also be the first thing damaged. That's why it's vitally important to your home that you maintain your roof and keep it strong. Making some minor updates to your roof periodically can protect your house from costly leaks and other types of damage. And the good news is getting a professional roofer to examine your roof and see if it's in need of repairs costs you nothing. Similarly, solid gutters protect your walls and windows from damage and leaks into your house. Keep the water out by having your gutters cleaned twice a year and repairs made as needed. Dove can provide free inspections for both roofs and gutters. Just contact us to schedule your free inspection.

2. Mold and Mildew

Speaking of leaks, they can cause more than just water damage, especially in the south. Mold and mildew grow quickly in our warm environment, and are often caused by water leaks. That means a leaky faucet, toilet or roof can let moisture in and cause mold and mildew to grow. Their presence can be detrimental to your family's health, and cause damage to your walls, floors, ceilings and more. You can get your home tested to find out if any dangerous types of mold are present, and it's a good idea to repair damage caused by leaks quickly to make sure that the damage is contained to one area, and keep any mold or mildew from spreading. There are several different DIY Mold Testing kits available for purchase from home improvement and big box stores. If you need help with repairs, give Dove a call. We can help you complete projects around the house.

3. Wood Rot

Over time with age and wear, wood can start to rot. Here is the southern US, it's a common tail. With high humidity and hot summers, wood can take a beating, but the good news is that most wood on a home is easily repaired within a day or less, depending on the amount of work. Why replace rotten wood? Simply put, rotten wood is weak and brittle and weakens the exterior of your home. It can break easily, leading to even more damage. It's best to replace it quickly and properly. If you have rotten wood on your home's exterior, deck or in other places, let us help you get it fixed quickly and easily.

4. Basic Home Security

We're not talking super fancy security systems. We're talking about the basic - reliable exterior lighting and secure door locks. These are simple and cost effective updates to make to any home. Having reliable exterior lights can keep your family safe when you're outside at night by lighting the way and preventing trips and falls. Did you know that motion-sensor exterior lights can deter break-ins? Some research suggests that installing motion sensor exterior lights that turn on as a person approaches your house brings attention to them and can "scare" away would-be thieves from your home at night. These two basic precautions are simple fixes to help keep your family and property safe.

5. Waterproofing

If you only have one take away from this blog post, it should be that water can cause all kinds of damage to your home, which is why we bring up waterproofing. If you have a basement or crawl space prone to leaks, even if it's only during heavy downpours, then consider waterproofing for your home. Often, this is as simple as finding out how water is getting and correcting the leak.

Whatever improvements you're considering for you home, Dove always provides free estimates, and we're happy to take a look and make recommendation on the best way to proceed. Give us a call at 704-800-5455.

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