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7 Ways To Protect Your Home From Storms

7 Ways To Protect Your Home From Storms

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A large storm could do a lot of damage to your home. If you live somewhere that is prone to serious storms, consider some of the home improvements to protect yourself. 

Repair previous storm damage

Damage from a previous storm could make your home’s structure vulnerable to further major damage. If your home has been damaged by a previous storm, hire a restoration company to make repairs straight away. This could include replacing lost shingles or fixing damage to a wall caused by a falling tree. Even if you don’t experience any storms for a while, some forms of storm damage could still cause future problems such as slow cracking or rainwater leaks.

Install storm shutters

Storm shutters will protect your windows against high winds and flying objects during a storm. They can also be an added form of security against burglars. Consider installing these shutters on your windows if you live in a high-risk area. There are various designs to choose from including roll-down shutters and blind-style shutters. 

Flood-proof your home

Storms can also cause flooding – particularly if you live near a large water source. There are two ways to flood-proof a home: wet floodproofing and dry floodproofing. Wet floodproofing allows water to enter the house but involves protective measures to limit damage such as installing water-proof flooring and raising electrical sockets. Dry floodproofing meanwhile involves heavily sealing the outside of the home so that water cannot get in at all. Decide which is better suited to you. 

Remove dangerous trees

A tree that is dead or leaning could be toppled by high winds. Consider whether this is likely to cause a lot of damage to your home or backyard. Such a tree may need to be removed by a qualified tree removal company. You can hire an arborist to assess whether a tree is a danger or not.

Secure loose yard items

Think about what items are in your yard. Ornaments and tools that are left outside could become projectiles in strong winds – find a way of securing them down or locking them away. Light outdoor furniture could also be picked up by strong winds. Cast iron furniture or weighted furniture is a better option in such areas. Either this or choose collapsible furniture. 

Invest in a backup generator

Power lines may be damaged during a storm, which could leave you without electricity. Having a backup generator on your premises could allow you to continue receiving power. Make sure that this backup generator is placed somewhere safe and secure where it won’t also get damaged. 

Create a storm shelter

In areas that are prone to hurricanes or tornadoes, storm shelters can be useful for your own personal safety. This is typically a hole in the ground that is reinforced with concrete. Make sure that this is somewhere easily accessible during a storm – don’t block the entrance with clutter. There should be enough room for your entire household to take shelter.

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Prepping for hurricane and cyclone season

Prepping for hurricane and cyclone season

Every year thousands of dollars worth of damage is done to homes and properties across the country as hurricanes and cyclones hit. The worst ones are those that result in the loss of human life, but all can bring devastation and the trauma of having to rebuild.

That’s why it’s so important to prepare for hurricane and cyclone season before it arrives.

Check Your Building

It is important to understand the difference that regular maintenance can make to your property. Simple measures like installing a sub floor ventilation system from Extract Air can prevent damp from getting into your building.

Moisture is a key ingredient in weakening the structure of a building; making it more vulnerable to hurricanes and cyclones. Something as simple as a pump can actually improve the chances of your building surviving.

Assess The Risk

It’s a good idea to check how likely your area is to suffer from hurricanes and cyclones. If you’ve lived there for several years you’ll already have an idea regarding this.

While anywhere can be hit it is worth knowing whether you’re a high risk area or not.

Emergency Supplies

If you’re in an area which is prone to hurricanes and cyclones it’s worth getting some emergency supplies together. This should include food and water to keep your family going for at least a few days. You also need to have a light source, the ability to stay warm and a grab bag which will enable you to escape the area quickly if you need to.

Insurance

It is always worth checking what your current insurance covers you for. If you haven’t got full coverage you may be surprised to learn that it can take up to 30 days for new cover to take effect. Get it sorted before you actually need it.

Check Your Yard

If you have trees and other items in your yard which are likely to become an issue in high winds then you need to look at having them trimmed or even removed now.

It is also important to look at what your risk of flood is and prepare your barriers now.

Alongside this it is a good idea to chat with your neighbors and get an idea regarding what plans they have and how you can work together if the worst happens. This is a great back-up and a way to help ensure you and your family get out if you need to.

Keep A File

You need a plan for your escape route; preferably at least two options. You also need a plan regarding what supplies should be in your home to help you survive the aftermath if the power is out but your house is still standing.

Once you’ve designed your plan it’s a good idea to write it down and keep it somewhere that is safe but easy to access. This will help to ensure everyone knows what they have to do and how to do it.

There’s no harm in practicing what to do; it will make it easier if the worst does happen.

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