Extreme weather can mean danger for your home. When high winds, snow, and rain rage, the impact could be more than you were prepared for. Make the changes to your home to better protect it from any type of storm damage. These simple changes will give you peace of mind, helping to keep you and your family safe through dangerous weather conditions.
Seal Any Cracks
Over time it is natural for cracks and gaps to form in the exterior walls of your home. It is likely that these spaces will be created around windows and doors, or around pipes entering the home. Although these spaces look small, during a storm water can slip through, causing damage. Walk the perimeter of your home, sealing these cracks before the storm comes.
Watch For Pooling Water
After the next rainstorm, check how well the water drains from around your home. If the concrete surrounding the foundation of your home is not slanted correctly, water will pool right against the base, doing damage over time. In addition to this, the lack of rain gutters will be detrimental to your home. Make the changes necessary to direct water away, avoiding a flooded basement or other water damage.
Protect the Garage Door
Your big garage door is the weakest exterior point in your home. It is most often during extreme weather conditions that the garage is broken, allowing the elements in. If you live in an area prone to unexpected and damaging weather, consider purchasing a garage door that is either wind resistant or even hurricane proof. There are different grades of strength, each of which can give you the extra protection you need when storms hit.
A winter power outage can be very dangerous to your home. Dropping temperatures will lead to frozen and eventually burst pipes. During extreme storms, sometimes the power can be taken out for an extended period of time. Even most gas furnaces will still require electricity to work. The longer you wait without heat in your home, the greater the chance for water damage from these extreme temperatures. Consider investing in an emergency generator to keep your warm and your home safe during these times.
Protect Your Roof
If your roof isn’t in good shape, it will be one of the first things damaged. Protect your roof before the storm hits ensuring:
- There are no damaged shingles.
- The shingles should fit together tightly and lay flat.
- The sheathing is properly nailed down and protected.
When the storm hits, you’ll be glad you already made the changes to protect your home from damage. Make sure your home is secured for the worst to avoid unnecessary storm damage.