7 Ways To Protect Your Home From Storms
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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