Spring and the early summer season bring with it the possibility of some nasty storms rolling through our area. High winds and heavy rains can devastate your home. Luckily, there are some things you can do to protect your property and prevent storm damage.
What to Check Outside:
- During heavy rain, your gutters work overtime to move water away from your roof and home. If gutters are clogged, then water has nowhere to go. Pooled water can lead to water damage. Take the time to clear gutters of all dirt and leaves so that water can run away smoothly during a storm.
- Dead, diseased, or hollow trees can be a danger if strong winds and rain roll in. Unhealthy trees may not be able to stand up to mother nature. To avoid damage, it is best to remove trees that may be unsafe. It may be necessary to call in a tree expert to help.
- Check for any gaps or cracks around your home’s foundation. Water will be quick to find entry points during heavy rains. Be sure to repair any cracks that are found and call a professional if you need assistance.
- Patio tables and chairs can quickly become weapons during high winds. Be sure to put away all outdoor furniture to save yourself from damage to your home or property.
What to Check Inside:
- Before the storm hits be sure to secure all doors and shutters. Close all blinds and curtains.
- It is also recommended to check sealings on your windows and doors. Water can easily seep in through these cracks and crevices and cause water damage.
- Move all furniture away from doors and windows. Tall, heavy furniture that can fall should be anchored to walls for added security.
Know How to Turn it Off:
- It may become necessary during a storm to turn off your utilities. Know where all shut-off valves are located and how to turn them off. This includes water, gas, and electricity.
- Unplug electronics before a storm hits. This will help avoid damage to your devices from electrical surges.
Have a Disaster Kit Ready
- Being prepared with an emergency disaster kit will be extremely helpful. Check out lists of ideas on what to pack and get your kit in order today.
Know Your Insurance Contacts
- If there are damages after a storm, one of the first things you’ll need to do is get in touch with your insurance company. Have a place where you have saved all insurance phone numbers and contacts. You’ll want quick and easy access to these contacts should you need them.
- Have a plan in place that will keep your family safe during a storm. Know where you will shelter in your home. Practice with your family so that all members know the plan.
Watch the Weather
- Stay tuned for updates on weather by listening to the radio, watching TV, or getting alerts on your phone. Know your communities weather emergency plans and pay attention to any communications. Listen and obey all warnings.
When storm season hits you want to rest assured knowing you have taken steps to protect your home and family. Storm damage can be devastating, but preparation can do a lot to prevent it.
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