Rural Living: Five Different DIY Home Fixes to Know

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People who buy and rent homes in rural locations often face many living challenges. Consider the following rural home problems and the do-it-yourself ways you can fix them yourself.

Outdoor Odors

Clean air in rural areas is not always guaranteed. Pollutants fill the air for various reasons, including manufacturing processes, car racing, coal transport, and seasonal activities. Some farmers spread chemicals and manure in the air as well which can mean a long period without your fresh air outside. In winter, air quality can decrease because of wood and coal smoke. Reduce the level of outdoor pollutants that drift into your home by blocking gaps with plaster, caulk or foam and running air purifiers. This can also help to insulate your home.

Dirt Roads

Many rural homeowners live along dirt roads that contain sharp stones that can bust tires and damage the undersides of low vehicles and/or ditches and potholes caused by frequent use and rain washouts. To repair these roads, dig out and remove stones and fill in uneven areas with gravel or resurface the roads with blacktop. This should be done yearly if possible.

Untreated Water

Although zoning rules often require that rural homeowners with wells follow certain safety precautions, many homes do not contain water treatment systems designed to remove harmful microorganisms. To fix untreated water, install a whole-home water filtration system that includes a UV filter or under-sink filters. In the shower, consider a copper cartridge shower head filter.

Common Pests

Although most common pests can be found in both rural and city areas, certain pests like silver fish, termites, beetles, house mice, wood rats and ticks bother rural homeowners more because of the close proximity to forests. According to Rochester, MN Pest Control, the key to managing pests is to block off their access points, change bad habits like leaving food out or doors open and use deterrents proven to keep them away.

Security Obstacles

Emergency services personnel in rural regions can often take a half hour or longer to respond to reports of break-ins, vandalism, and other types of security problems. Forested areas also have higher numbers of large predators like bears, wild cats, and wolves and generally disruptive animals like raccoons, possums and skunks. Motion sensor activated flood lights and alarms can scare away most intruders. Additionally, install night cameras to catch thieves and animals on film so that the police have evidence to follow-up on complaints.

You do not need to be from the countryside originally to fix problems with your rural home. Try out these five easy methods today.

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