How to Prepare Your Home for Severe Weather
Experts predict a more active than usual storm season this year, which means now is the time to prepare your property for potentially severe weather.
You may have already completed some of these tasks while spending time at home these last few weeks, but are you fully prepared?
Here are a few things you can do to help keep your home and car safe from damage this spring, summer and beyond.
Check and Trim Your Trees
A weak or sick tree may fall over in a storm, damaging anything that happens to be in its path. If you can, have your property inspected to identify and remove any potential problems. Healthy trees should be trimmed back to prevent damage from falling branches.
Examine Your Roof
Even a small leak can cause mold growth and structural damage. A leak could also potentially start a fire if water were to come in contact with electrical wiring. You can help prevent these problems by regularly checking for loose or missing shingles and exposed flashing.
Maintain Your Exterior
Regular maintenance, like clearing out your gutters and making sure they’re functioning properly, will also be key when it comes to protecting your siding and foundation. Fresh caulk around the doors and windows will help insulate your home from damage no matter what type of bad weather hits.
Move Your Car if Necessary
Clean out your garage to make space for your vehicle(s). If you don’t have a garage, covering the car with a tarp and parking it near one side of your home can be a good option. Or, you may need to consider a safer location, such as a friend’s home, public parking lot or parking garage.
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