Winter may be over, but we’re not done with the home-damaging weather just yet. While we can expect to have many nice days in the coming months, there are also going to be those days when the weather goes a little berserk and batters our homes with rain and heavy winds. A thunderstorm is awesome to watch when you have a room with a view, but it’s not so great when it comes to keeping our homes safe. Below, we take a look at five ways you can ensure that your home is kept out of harm’s way when the stormy weather arrives.
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Plug the Gaps
The first thing to do is to identify the weak spots in your home, and then reinforce them to ensure their vulnerability isn’t able to cause havoc in your home. Winter can do a pretty severe number on our homes, and if you’ve been living through freezing temperatures for months on end, then it’s possible that your home has received some damage – damage that could
A. let those blustering gales in, and
B. become more severe if they’re not taken care of.
Also, consider switching out your windows and doors – if they’re outdated, they’ll be more vulnerable during heavy weather.
Clear Out Those Gutters
An unexpected storm can very quickly bring a lot of water to your area, and it needs to go somewhere! Homes are prone to flooding when this happens, but only because the infrastructure they have for draining water away is insufficient. During the winter you probably weren’t too inclined to get on your ladder and clear out your gutters. But now the sunshine has returned, it’s time to get up there and get rid of the debris. It might just be the most important action when it comes it protecting your home.
Seal Your Roof
Storms can wreak havoc with roofs. One day, everything is fine; the next, you’ve got water coming in, and the only way to stop it is to wait for a roofing expert to come out and fix it. Until then, you’ll have to make do with collecting the water in buckets and pans! Prevent this episode by making sure your roof is fit to withstand a storm. Contact a metal roofing contractor, and you’ll be on your way to having a storm-proof roof. They’re much more resistant to the effects of the elements than asphalt roofing and last much longer, too.
Look Out For Trees
A storm won’t necessarily affect your home directly. Sometimes, the storm will cause damage to the trees outside of your home, which will then cause damage to your house! Before the stormy season hits, walk around your home and keep an eye out for any trees that look like they may pose a problem. If you spot one, have a tree surgeon come to your home and safely remove any troublesome branches.
You can’t always protect yourself against the elements, but by taking the steps above, you’ll be on your way to keeping your home safe!
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