Making sure your property is safe and ready before summer storm season hits is extremely important for a number of reasons. It is necessary to ensure that you and your family members will be safe and that your home will be protected in the event of severe weather. Here are some of the most important ways to do this.
Trim Your Trees
Unruly trees can be one of the most dangerous variables during a severe thunderstorm or hurricane. Making sure your trees are cut back will ensure that flying branches won’t be an issue that could lead to serious damage. If you have trees that are very close to your home and are not very sturdy, you may even want to consider having them removed. Having someone come out to inspect your trees will allow you to know whether or not this is a more serious job or one you can do yourself by just parsing down your trees’ limbs.
Cleaning your back and front yard of debris, random toys, and even lawn chairs and the like is a good idea this time of year. When a storm hits, you will be happy you’ve already made all these necessary arrangements instead of having to run around, cleaning up right before the rain rolls in. It’s a good idea to clean your gutters as well in order to make sure they can work properly and that the system won’t become clogged, which could cause rain to run down or into your home.
Get Storm Shutters
If you live somewhere in which inclement weather is a constant threat, you may want to consider getting storm shutters for your windows. Getting them installed before you need them is highly important, as this process can take some time.
Check for Any Cracks
One of the most serious issues you could encounter during a stormy summer is a crack you didn’t know was in your ceiling, leading to a leak and an indoor rainstorm. Go through your house before the summer starts and check for any cracks you may not have noticed before. If you find any, have them repaired immediately.
Consider Buying a Generator
Again, if you live somewhere that is likely to be hit by multiple heavy storms, you may want to consider getting yourself a generator. It can also protect your home from the dangers of a storm to have your electricity still running (as it will keep your alarm system and your sump pump going). Some companies will even give you a discount on your homeowners insurance if you do decide to install a generator, which is another perk to consider.
Make Yourself a Disaster Kit
You’ll want your home to be a safe place if you do experience any severe weather, and making a disaster kit can accomplish this kind of peace of mind. Make sure to stock it with important items you will need if the electricity goes out such as flashlights, candles, matches, batteries, and a first aid kit.
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