Storm season can wreak havoc on a home. However, planning and preparing early can cut the risks of damage significantly.
- Gutters should be cleared of all dirt, leaves, and other debris. During heavy rain gutters help to move water smoothly and swiftly away from your roof and home. If they are clogged, then water has nowhere to go.
- Remove dead, diseased, or hollow trees. Strong winds and rain can make unhealthy trees vulnerable to breaking and falling, causing damages. For safety, call in a tree expert if needed for help.
- Check around your home’s foundation for signs of cracks or gaps and make repairs. Water can seep in quickly to these types of entry points if not taken care of.
- All outdoor furniture should be stored away securely. During high winds tables and chairs can become dangerous and destructive.
- Check sealings or caulking around windows and doors. Water can easily make its way indoors through these types of cracks and crevices, causing water damage.
- Before the onset of a storm be sure all doors and shutters are closed. Close all blinds and curtains for added protection.
- Tall, heavy furniture should be anchored to walls for added security. Furniture may need to be moved away from doors and windows before a storm hits.
- Be sure you know how to locate your utilities in case of emergency. 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. This helps avoid damage to your devices from electrical surges.
Make Emergency Plans
- Have your family emergency disaster kit ready. This can be extremely helpful should you need it. Check out some ideas on what should be included in your kit here.
- Have ready all phone numbers and contacts for your insurance company. You’ll want quick and easy access to this information if there are damages to your home.
- 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.
- Be informed and watchful about the weather by tuning in to local radio, tv, or alerts on your phone. Know your communities weather emergency plans and pay attention to any communications. Listen and obey all warnings.
When storms hit you want to feel safe and secure knowing your home will weather the season without major damages. Putting in the time and work now can mean big savings and greater peace of mind.
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