Well, March certainly came in like a lion this year! In my area, we’ve been experiencing some powerful thunderstorms. After a storm, there are always reports of damage around town. This weekend, why not take steps to protect your home during spring and summer storms? A few adjustments now can really pay off when the next weather event hits. Here are 5 ways to prepare for storms that can save you hundreds of dollars, and give you some peace of mind.
Clean Your Gutters
Clear any debris from your gutters to make sure all that rain water can easily flow off your roof and away from your home. When water can’t get through your gutters, it pools on your roof and around your house in ways that can cause damage.
Trim Your Trees
Some of the worst storm damage is caused by falling trees. A healthy, sturdy tree is unlikely to topple in high winds, but one with dead limbs, or disproportionate growth may. Spring is the perfect time to contact an arborist to evaluate your trees. If you’ve got large trees on your property, you should have them evaluated yearly. Maintaining them will help you protect both your property and the tree itself.
Back Up Your Sump Pump
When heavy rains come, sump pumps can get overloaded. a flooded basement can cause all sorts of damage to your things–especially if it’s a finished basement. Plus, when water covers wiring or electric appliances, things get dangerous. Make sure your sump pump has a battery backup just in case the electricity goes out. You might also consider installing a second, battery operated pump that will come on if the main one fails.
Gather Emergency Supplies
Watching the apocalyptic “prepping” shows on TV can make this seem like a huge, overwhelming task. All I’m recommending is to gather some supplies for a prolonged power/water outage. For example, the Red Cross recommends keeping a three-day supply of food and water for your family, and a seven-day supply of any medications. You might also add a battery operated radio, and a car adaptor for your cell phone. Nothing fancy here, no need to build a bomb shelter, just a little stash in a duffle bag or plastic container in the garage or basement.
Grade Your Yard
If water pools around your home, your foundation is in jeopardy. Ensuring that your yard slopes away from your home will keep rain water from sitting by your foundation and causing damage. There are tons of tutorials for doing this on your own (here’s a great one), but most lawn companies also offer this service.