A home is so much more than just a building: it’s where family life plays out, relationships are formed, and somewhere you feel emotionally secure.

But there’s a problem. This building that you rely on can suddenly let you down. Issues erupt, and they can suddenly make your home feel more like a prison.

Homewrecker #1: Golf Ball-Sized Hail

The majority of hailstones are about 5 to 10 mm across and weigh less than a gram. These rarely cause any damage. But when conditions are right, and storms are severe, hailstones can grow to the size of a golf ball.

Severe hailstorms are not a rare event. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration says that there are more than 5,500 such storms across the US each year which produce hailstones capable of causing damage to property. Data suggest that these storms managed to rack up more than $1 billion last year in damage to people’s roofs alone.

Homewrecker #2: Bugs

Once pests get into your home, there’s very little amateurs can do. Data from the National Pest Management Association suggests that critters cause more than $5 billion of damage every year. The reason for this is that pests can do significant structural damage to the home itself by eating away at supporting walls and beams.

Control Exterminating says that some people ignore certain types of pests because they don’t consider them a threat. The problem is that almost all kinds of home invaders can do damage, even if they are not particularly common. To avoid having pests ruin your home, they suggest cleaning out kitchen cabinets regularly and cleaning up all food debris.

Homewrecker #3: Poor Sewerage

If your home is more than 60 years old, then you might have a problem with aging sewerage. Pipes don’t last forever, especially old copper pipes, and need to be replaced once their service life comes to an end. But often busy moms don’t realize this and just assume that they will last forever.

The problem comes when they break. Sewage can spill out and damage walls and electrical outlets, and this can be expensive to clean up. According to the National Association of Water Companies, there are more than 650 breaks in household sewer systems every day.

Homewrecker #4: Debris In The Backyard

Your backyard might look peaceful right now. But if you suddenly experience high winds during a storm or a hurricane, it can become a shooting range. Debris left lying around will be whipped up by the winds and thrust into your house, causing damage to windows and paintwork.

The good news is that there’s a lot that you can do to protect your home. Start by trimming tree branches that look like they might be felled in a storm. Sort out any loose fencing, especially paneled fencing that is particularly vulnerable to high winds. Put any garden equipment in a shed or an underground cellar. And, if you live in an area prone to high winds, remove gravel landscaping and replace it with softer materials.

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