Protecting Your Home and Family: Bone Chilling Urban Myths That Aren’t Myths

Protecting Your Home and Family: Bone Chilling Urban Myths That Aren’t Myths

 

Open up a discussion about personal security fears and you are almost certain to hear some terrifying tales of victims who came under attack in their own home or some other sinister tale that may well be just another urban myth, or is it true?

 

Separating fact from fiction is not always that easy to do but one thing is for sure, there are some ways to reduce your odds of being targeted by an intruder.

 

Here is a look at some of the famous bone-chilling tales that may not be as mythical as they sound, plus a more serious look at ways to protect your home and deal with whatever comes knocking at your door, or is already inside.

 

Home alone

 

There is a story concerning a Japanese man who was living alone that triggers all of those natural fears about someone being in the house with you.

 

It was nearly a decade ago when this man started to notice that certain things were going missing in his home or had been moved, despite the fact that he lived alone and hadn’t touched these items himself.

 

He became so concerned about a sinister presence in his home that he set up some security cameras to see what was going on while he wasn’t looking. Rather than being plagued by something from the spiritual world, his cameras captured an old homeless woman crawling out of a cupboard in his kitchen when the owner was out or asleep.

 

She had been living in his kitchen cupboard for about a year undetected.

 

The moral of the tale is probably that installing a home security system with cameras is a good way of checking that everything is as it should be in your home. If you want to learn more about a system that works for you, make some more inquiries, but let’s hope you don’t discover someone living in your cupboards.

 

Targeting your home while you are away

 

A popular theory is that thieves target long-term parking lots at airports and then use the owner information from the license plate to get the address of a property that is now going to be empty for a week or so.

 

This is not something they can do with any ease and is an urban legend that can be happily debunked.

 

However, the reason why this theory is passed around the internet is probably because there have been examples of people who left their sat nav in the car, allowing the thief to take it and track the home address using the device.

 

Take care with leaving personal possessions on display in your car or at home, and be careful about broadcasting your absence on social media sites, as that is a source of burglary targets when the perpetrator gathers some useful clues by trawling through posts that mention holiday plans.

 

You should believe all the scare stories that you read but there are also plenty of useful tips that you can use to protect your personal safety and reduce the risk of becoming a victim, either in your home or anywhere for that matter.

 

It always pays to think about safety so make sure you lock windows and doors and if you install a home security system, you can get extra peace of mind that your personal safety and property are being constantly monitored.

Mold, Mice and Mildew: Simple Solutions to Common Homeowner Headaches

Mold, Mice and Mildew: Simple Solutions to Common Homeowner Headaches

 

Moving from rented accommodation into your own home is exciting and liberating. At last, you are free to look after your home in your own way. But it can also be challenging. When something goes wrong, you can no longer just pick up the phone and report it—from now on it’s down to you. And things will go wrong. The trick is learning how to deal with the problems without losing sleep over them.

 

Structures

 

Starting at the top, things can go wrong with your roof. Shingles or tiles coming loose do not necessarily mean that the roof is failing—they can be easily replaced. If the problem is becoming widespread, or if you spot water coming into the attic space, then you probably need advice on how to repair the roof.

 

Some roof problems are caused by overflowing gutters. At least once a year, clean out the gutters and check that the downpipes are flowing freely. Leaf catchers at the top of the downpipes can help to keep them clear.

 

Cracks in the walls and foundations are worrying, but you probably don’t need to panic. Cracks almost always happen somewhere and are usually cosmetic. Keep an eye on them and get advice from a builder or surveyor if they seem to be getting wider.

 

Pests

 

Every home seems to be irresistible to rodents and insects. If you have a small infestation you may be able to trap or poison the invaders. If you decide to trap, decide whether you are going for a trap that kills or just imprisons. If you are going to catch the pests alive, don’t release them anywhere near your home.

 

Poison can be effective, though it carries some risks in the hands of an amateur. Some poisons, like rodent smoke bombs, are of limited use in a house.

 

Water

 

Dripping taps are wasteful and annoying. It is quite easy to change the washer or tighten the joint. Burst pipes are a bigger problem, but unusual if your pipes are properly insulated against the cold. In either case, know where your stopcock is and turn it from time to time so that you are sure it will not seize up in an emergency.

 

Persistent damp can have many causes—down from the roof, up through the walls, or out from a leaking pipe somewhere. It will produce mold which is unpleasant and unhealthy. You’ll need expert help with rising damp or a leaking roof, but you can probably find that leaking pipe and fix it.

 

Damp is frequently caused by condensation; ensure that you have good ventilation everywhere, especially in bedrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. Then treat the damp surfaces with a mold killer spray. A damp meter will tell you if the problem persists.

 

Happy Homes
Having your own home means that there will always be something that needs attending to. Don’t get stressed—many things can be fixed with a little common sense, an internet search, and knowing when to call for help.

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