Protecting your home from a storm is essential, regardless of your home’s location. Severe weather has the potential to cause lots of damage to your home and belongings.
By preparing beforehand, you can take measures that’ll lessen the possibility of damage to your property. You can build some protective things into the house, while others require additional preparation.
1. Prepare Your Home
During its construction, builder strategically place seemingly small, essential additions to protect your home from weather damage. Things like gutters are critical to your home’s durability. Before a storm hits, take the time to inspect your home and make sure it’s ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store.
- Check your roof for loose tiles or shingles, damaged chimneys, and clogged gutters, which can be signs of trouble. If you spot any issues with your roof, coordinate getting them serviced before the storm season arrives.
- Check your window seals for any gaps that may allow water into your home if there’s heavy rainfall.
2. Secure Outdoor Items
Another way to protect your home from a storm is to secure items that could get blown away or become projectiles and cause damage, such as patio furniture or basketball hoops.
In addition to securing objects outside the house, you should consider taking precautions against common hazards. It’ll help to inspect trees and shrubs around your property. Pay special attention to damaged or dead branches or any trees that are in contact with your home.
3. Board Your Windows
If you live in an area that experiences the effects of hurricane season each year, then you’re probably familiar with the idea of boarding your windows. If not, you should know that it involves installing plywood boards over windows and any glass doors to minimize the damage in case flying debris moves toward them.
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Purchase plywood at the beginning of the season and store it in a dry location until needed. You don’t want to have to scramble to collect supplies while the storms creep up.
4. Prepare Early
If you live in an area prone to severe weather, it’s essential to know what types of storms to expect and how powerful they can be. Keep an eye on weather reports during hurricane season and any other time you expect severe weather near your home. Be aware that even if there isn’t a warning for tropical storm conditions where you live, strong winds may still cause damage to your property if they hit fast and hard enough.
Have a plan for what steps to take, and make sure everyone who lives with you knows as well! Even if there’s no danger at all from bad weather, being prepared will allow everyone in the household to have less anxiety for future storms.