There’s much to love about a good thunderstorm, but only when you’re tucked up safe somewhere, and the storm isn’t directly over your home. Then, it’s less about riding out the inclement weather with your favorite TV shows and movies, more about making sure that your home isn’t subjected to expensive damage. While there’s little you can do to reduce the severity of a storm, there are things you can do that’ll ensure your home has a level of protection. Below, we take a look at a few areas you’ll want to tighten up, especially in advance of stormy season in your area.
Weak Doors and Windows
When heavy winds and rain starts bashing against your home, you’ll want to make sure that there’s little chance of it making it through into the inside of your house. While it’s not going to infiltrate the brick of your home, it might do damage against any old doors and windows. These are two parts of your home that are not supposed to last forever, yet many homeowners rarely think about replacing them until it’s too late. Even if the storm doesn’t crash through them, they could still let wind and rain through, making your home less comfortable in the process.
At least you can say that your windows and doors are frequently in eye’s view. If they have a major problem, you’d probably recognize it pretty quickly. The same can’t be said for other parts of your home, such as your roof. This area is important because if it’s damaged, then a severe storm could do a lot of damage pretty quickly. So it’s worthwhile checking that everything up there is watertight up there. If it’s not, you can find a roofer here, and have it repaired as soon as possible. This is the part of your home that’ll take the biggest hit during stormy season, so don’t leave it up to chance.
It’s not just what’s happening with your house itself that matters. There are external factors that you’ll want to keep in mind, too. Two of the biggest threats are damaged trees and outdoor furniture. While they might not seem to be too threatening, they can do a lot of damage if, during heavy winds, they’re flung into your property. You’ll likely know that you should remove or tie down any furniture, but trees are often overlooked. A dead branch can easily be dislodged during a storm, and it’ll have the potential to do a lot of damage to your home if it crashes into your property.
Finally, let’s think about broader threats to your home, such as power outages. While they don’t pose an immediate threat, they can cause long-term damage to your house if they’re not managed promptly. As such, if you live in an area that commonly receives storms — or the storms are becoming more severe — then it’s worthwhile thinking about investing in a generator, which will keep your home up and running even when the neighborhood is in blackout mode.