Hidden Dangers That Threaten Your Home

Your home, it's often the largest purchase of your lives. In fact, few of us have the privilege of paying them off in one go and pay monthly towards a mortgage instead. That means they are valuable items for us, one that as a rule, we tend to look after as much as possible. Unfortunately, there are some things that can threaten the safety and integrity of our homes if left untreated. Read on to find out what they are and how to deal with them if they do occur.

Subsidence

Subsidence is a truly hidden danger because until it starts to affect your home seriously, it's very hard to detect. Subsidence is where the ground under and around your house moves. It is so serious because your home is built on static foundations that are not flexible, that means when the ground moves it exerts a large pressure on your home to the point where it can cause cracks and movement of the walls. Something that can be difficult and costly to repair.



The best way of dealing with science is to avoid it wherever possible. That means checking the surrounding areas for shifts and for trees whose root systems are large enough to cause this effect around your house. If necessary, you can contact a business that specialises in tree removal services to come and take the trees out. Something that will stop their root systems growing, and greatly reduce the risk of damage to your property.

Asbestos

Asbestos is again a hidden threat to your home because many people do not know they even have it. It's is a fibrous material that was used in insulations up to the 1980’s. The problem with it is that the fibres are incredibly small, and also incredibly toxic, meaning that if they are loose, they can easily be inhaled. Something that has been scientifically linked the formation of cancers.

The good news is that asbestos is usually not dangerous in a building unless disturbed, so if you have it and you don't know you are safe for now. However, when you do any DIY or building work, this can disturb the fibres can cause the problems mentioned above. So if you do suspect this, be sure to leave it well alone.

To deal with this, you will need to employ a professional company that has the qualifications and safety certificates for detecting and removing asbestos. They will wear rebreather masks and protective suits, sometimes event tenting the home to prevent the spread of this toxic fibre.

Infestations

Infestations are also a problem that can threaten the safety of your home both in terms of its structure and whether it is a hygienic place in which to live.

There are a few things that can be done to reduce the risk of you getting infested by pests in the first place. These include keeping things clean and food locked away, as well as sealing up possible entryways from the outside like ducts and vents. However, if you are unlucky enough to have one, there are professionals that make it their business to get things back to normal for you.


Infestation by rodents and insects are hard to get rid of. Picture