Global warming is real and it’s impacting houses all over the country. Since the start of the new millennium, CO2 emissions have risen by 3.1% per year and properties have been taking the hit. Nowadays, it is rare to have autumn or winter without excessive flooding, and it isn’t like you can stop Mother Nature in her tracks. Fighting back is the only way to save your home and your belongings from being destroyed. The question is: what can you do to protect your house from global warming? These are the steps that spring to mind.
Reduce Energy Wastage
The long-term solution is to lower carbon emissions and stop polluting the atmosphere. Many ordinary people think this is a job for governments and politicians but the fight starts at home. If everyone on the real estate ladder reduced their carbon footprint by 1%, the environment would be a better place. With that in mind, try and keep energy wastage to a minimum as its unnecessary pollution. Gas and electric power is a result of burning fossil fuels, and they release harmful chemicals into the air. A great tip is to turn off lights, start recycling and invest in renewable energy sources.
Build A Barrier
Climate change affects houses in different ways, but the most common is flooding. All you have to do is look at the water damage in America last year to realise the power of H2O. In many ways, a storm is almost impossible to stop due to its strength, yet there are options. Flood-prone properties should use sandbags to soak up the water. Another must-consider tip is to build a human made dam. That way, you can channel the water away from your home. If it’s at all feasible, consider raising the house off the ground, like a beach property on stilts.
Being proactive is essential; however, there is only so much you can do beforehand. Sometimes, you have to wait until the damage is taking place and then act. For example, it wouldn’t make sense to move all the furniture upstairs during the middle of a dry month. It’s a waste of time and energy, and it’s massively impractical. But, when the rains come, clearing the bottom floors should be on the to-do list. An emergency plumbing service is another option, as is an electrician for safety reasons. Don’t forget that the best course of action is to leave if you are in danger.
Have A Contingency
Global warming is powerful and your house is not. Think of it as the tale of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf. Unlike the piggies, you do have a backup plan and it’s called insurance. The right policy will reimburse you for any damage which takes place so that you don’t have to spend a small fortune. Please be aware that you may have to ask for this stipulation as floods aren’t included in general policies. It will cost more but it will also come in handy in the long-term.
Climate change is happening, but you don’t have to be a victim.