Ways to Prepare for Summer StormsStorm damage can range from mild to severe, but, if you take a few precautionary steps, you’ll be able to minimize what would otherwise be serious. Of course, there’s no way to prevent all damage, but if do some preventative work, it will save you a lot of time and money.
We may not be in the midst of a thunderstorm-tornado-hurricane apocalypse, but you don’t want to be the homeowner unlucky enough to have a maple tree crash into your dining room…after a major storm. So if you think your house could be better prepared to withstand the onslaught of a summer storm, here are some things to consider – before and after the rain. —U.S. News and World ReportFirst and foremost ought to be your home. While you might have new windows, there are more ways water can enter and the wind can cause damage. Remember, it’s not necessarily how hard the wind blows, it’s what the wind blows around–projectiles can be made of just about anything. Here are some ways to prepare for summer storms:
- Clear gutters and downspouts. These systems are designed to funnel water away from the foundation, but, easily clog, especially on properties with a number of trees. Clean out downspouts and gutters to ensure rainwater is carried away from the foundation of your home.
- Check your pool pump and filtration system. You might not know it, but rainwater is harmful to a pool. It changes the chemical balance, not only because of the rainwater, but also, what it causes to stream into your pool. Runoff, fertilizer, pesticides, and more are introduced to your pool, making it unhealthy.
- Inspect your roof for signs of wear. Have a licensed contractor check your roof for signs of wear. One way to tell if shingles are loose or worn is indicated by shingles that warp up from the roof. Any repairs ought to be done before the summer storms set-in.
- Trim trees and cleanup landscaping. Trimming trees, pruning landscaping, and cleaning up yard waste are all good measures to keep your property neat and are a preventative measure for summer storms.
- Put patio furniture away. Before a storm hits, put patio furniture in a secure place, where it can’t be blown around by the wind. Any lawn equipment and yard tools should also be stored away.