Exterior Home Safety Risks to Watch Out For

Your house protects you from the elements, but you have to protect the house from potential damage! Here are a few of the most common exterior home safety risks to watch out for.


If you have large trees near your home, make sure you’re trimming errant branches regularly and checking for signs of dead wood. Overhanging branches can cause serious damage to your roof, and you don’t want to hear “TIMBER!” in the middle of the night when there’s a storm going on! Rainwater can loosen the roots of a weak tree, causing it to fall and make a mess that’s not fun to clean up.

Storm Damage

Come hail or high water (or high winds), you need a solid roof over your head. Check your home carefully after foul weather to ensure it hasn’t sustained any storm damage. Hail, flood risks, high winds, freezing temperatures (watch those water pipes!), and even heavy snow can cause your siding and roof to take a beating. You don’t want to wait until the next rainstorm to find out there’s a leak.


Make sure to keep your gardens trimmed! Overgrown bushes directly next to your house will keep things damp and retain water close to the walls. If this goes on for long enough, overgrown greenery can end up causing water damage. At the very least, water that finds its way into your siding or other crevices will breed the perfect environment for mold growth.

Clogged Gutters

You might have noticed an aquatic theme here. If your gutters get clogged from heavy rain, autumn leaves, or other debris, water can seep into your roof and flow down the siding, causing damage and, you guessed it, mold growth. Too much stress on your gutters can also cause them to break altogether.

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