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If you live in the area where summer storms are inevitable you very well know that you need to be prepared. Now is the time to get started. Here’s an easy 5-step checklist to get your prepared. Read on!
Summer is the time of year when you can get outdoors, enjoy the sun and the heat, and capture nature at its finest. And while the hope is that the summer months will be gorgeous and filled with fabulous weather, the reality is that summer storm season can be quite fierce.
Depending on where you live in the country, storm season can range from heavy rains and strong winds to hurricanes and even tornadoes. Obviously there’s nothing you can do to stop a storm from happening, but what you can do is prepare your home to weather these storms in the best possible manner.
Here’s a look at five ways you can prepare your home for summer storm season.
Get the Roof Inspected
A great place to start is with your roof. This is what keeps the home dry and safe from the elements. If you have any loose shingles, missing patches, or even a hole that needs repairing, now is the time to do so before the storms start to intensify. EZ Home Solutions suggests getting an official roof inspection done early in the season so you have an idea of what will be needed.
Check the Window Seals
Windows can also be an issue in storm season as they can be the source of leaks. Take a close look at the frames, caulking, and even the window panes themselves looking for signs of cracks, chipping, holes, and general wear that needs attention.
Trim Large Branches Near the House
If you happen to have some large trees in your yard, be sure to trim any large branches that sit close to your house, garage, or out-buildings. You want to ask yourself: if they were to come down in a storm would they cause any damage. If the answer is yes, then they need to be trimmed up.
Give the Gutters a Good Cleaning
During the fall and winter months, your gutters can get quite clogged up with leaves, debris, and dirt. The end result is a gutter system that is no longer functioning properly and able to drain. This can cause a backup that leads to water damage in your home. So, before that happens it’s a good idea to give them a good cleaning and remove all the “junk” that has collected in them.
Have a Power Generator On-Hand
Summer storms can often result in power outages, which can last just a short period of time or days depending on the damage. So it’s best to be prepared and have a power generator on-hand and ready to go. Make sure that your generator provides you with enough power to look after all the key items in the home. It should also be plugged into an electrical socket that is grounded to ensure safety.
While it’s much nicer to think about the hot summer days with blue skies and the sun shining down, the fact is that summer is also notorious for its storms. Being prepared will ensure that the house and everyone in it stay safe.