DIY Home Security Basics

Increasing your home’s security is an excellent way to improve your peace of mind and to take a swipe at your home insurance costs. You don’t have to fork over thousands to a security agency either if you take advantage of these DIY home security tools. If these tips don’t fulfill your need for home security, the North Georgia Insurance Center in Commerce, GA can help you find more ideas to protect your family and your property.

Doors, Windows, and Locks

Few things can beat a physical barrier for preventing criminals from accessing your home. If your locks are easily defeated, then even the most robust system of alarms and cameras won’t stop the thieves from finding something to steal. Check the integrity of the frames, replace damaged components, and upgrade to thicker and sturdier materials. Add a dead bolt to each door and add a lock to any window without one.

Alarms

An audible alarm that triggers when a door, window, or another opening is breached draws attention to your home, which is the last thing a criminal wants. Although, it may be harder or more expensive to configure your entry alarms to contact law enforcement automatically.

Lighting and Landscaping

While burglars can strike in the broad light of day, visibility always plays a significant role in how they decide to strike. Motion-sensing flood lights will spook many would-be criminals, and removing tall brush near doors and windows eliminates the opportunity for them to work on breaking your locks in the shadows.

Security Cameras

For DIY home security, the most promising technology available is the modern surveillance camera. A few cameras can keep eyes on the perimeter of most home lots for $200 to $1,000 depending on the quality of the camera selected. Upper-end models connect wirelessly, have night-vision to stay viable around the clock, record audio and video in high-quality formats, and can be remotely viewed through computer applications.

Reach out to us for any questions on home insurance. Visit our North Georgia Insurance Center in Commerce, GA or give us a call to learn how to start your home insurance policy today.

Unexpected Places Mold Might Grow in Your Home

Mold growth can be sneaky, especially when you live where there is a higher humidity level, as the Commerce, GA area. For mold to grow, it only requires a little food and water, and it will flourish.  It’s not a surprise to find mold growing in the basement or behind baseboards or drywall after a flood, but there are some unexpected and hard to detect areas it can grow.  Check these unusual places for mold in your home.

  • Refrigerator drip pans are one place easy to forget because it’s out of sight.  Food and moisture collect in the drip pan and creates a perfect environment for mold.
  • The gasket around front-loading washing machine doors creates another perfect mold-growing environment. There is lint to eat, and the gasket often stays wet.
  • Window sashes and seals, where dust and dirt collect and add some condensation and mold will grow.
  • The brick crevices of the chimney collect dirt, debris, and water where mold can flourish. 
  • Places where dishes are stacked, such as grouted tile.  The grout and cracks will stay wet, especially if dishes are washed daily, and create a nice mold-growing environment.  This may not be visible until it’s grown out of control.
  • Air conditioners trap pollen and dust, good food for mold, and moisture from the air and mold can grow in the AC drain pans and ducts.
  • The rubber seal around your dishwasher is another mold-growing culprit to watch.

North Georgia Insurance Center

The North Georgia Insurance Center provides home insurance to the Commerce, GA area.  Our agents are fair and held to the highest ethical practices.  We approach your home insurance needs as if they were our own. Contact a North Georgia Insurance Center agent to review your homeowner insurance needs.