How to Protect Your Home From Summer Storms
What should I be doing to protect my home from spring and summer storms? Follow these seven simple steps to prepare for volatile weather.
Some simple steps can make a big difference in protecting your home from wind, hail and water damage.
- Fix your roof. Snow and ice from a tough winter may have damaged, which can cause problems during storms. Replace any missing shingles and also make sure your chimney has a cap on it.
- Check your gutters. Clean your gutters and make sure they're draining properly
- Seal windows and doors. Make sure the caulking around windows and doors are sealed.
- Trim trees. Trim and branches that could potentially land on your house.
- Check your sump pump. Melted snow and rainstorms are raising the water levels in lakes, streams and rivers which can lead to sewage backup problems. Make sure your sump pump I working and consider a battery- backup which will keep if running if power should go out.
- Adjust your insurance. Sewage backup is automatically included in most homeowners insurance policies, but you can generally add a rider onto your existing policy.
- Sign up for storm alerts.
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