Four Best Ways to Prepare Your Home for Summer Storms

Written by  //  May 20, 2014  //  Hm Utility/Security, Home Exterior, Roof  //  Comments Off on Four Best Ways to Prepare Your Home for Summer Storms

When you make it through the winter and the spring, the last thing that you think is that you must prepare for more seasonal storms that come during the summer. Unfortunately, making it through severe winter snow storms and April showers does not mean that you have completely escaped disaster. If you are a wise homeowner, becoming better-prepared for a summer storm disaster is imperative. Here are four of the best ways to prepare for the thunderstorms and flash floods that typically come during summer months.

1. Have Your Trees Surrounding Your Home Inspected

One of the leading causes of property damage during summer storms is falling trees and tree branches. If you take the time to have a mature tree that is surrounding your home inspected to see if it shows signs that it will fall in the near future, you can avoid needing to pay for roof and structural repairs. There are plenty of signs to look for. These signs include uneven land around the tree, humps or pivots on the side of the tree and large hollows or dead wood. If you see these signs, your tree may be at-risk. Addressing these issues and calling an arborist for tree removal can help you avoid serious damage.

2. Have Your Roof Inspected and Repaired Before the Storm

During stormy seasons, the most important system in your home to inspect is your roof. Your roofing system keeps the water and outside elements out of your home. Roofing experts, like those at Clark Roofing, recommend having roofing systems professionally inspected prior to and following a serious storm. Experts will look for damaged shingles, areas that could leak or other issues that need to be addressed. By investing in maintenance now, you can keep repair costs down in the future.

3. Clean Out Your Gutters

Failing to clean out your gutters can inevitably lead to water damage, leaking gutters, cracked foundations, rotten wood, roofing leaks, cracked driveways and insects. By investing your time in regular gutter cleaning, you can avoid all of this after April showers bring May flowers. Physically clean your gutters, spray the gutter spouts and install guards for further protection.

4. Know if You Live in a Flood Zone

Regular home owner’s insurance does not cover flood damage. This can be a huge concern if you live in a flood zone. You probably learned whether or not your home lies within a flood zone, but in case you haven’t, you can check out FEMA’s flood zone map to see if you are at risk. If your home is in a flood zone covered by the National Flood Insurance Program, you will be able to sign up for flood insurance back by the federal government. You may think that you don’t need flood insurance because of your location, but NFIP details how almost a quarter of their flood insurance claims come from areas with only low-to-medium flood risk.

By following these tips before weather forecasts predict an oncoming summer storm, you can avoid preventable damage that is caused by dried out trees, dirty gutters or roofing leaks. Use the right techniques, focus on maintenance to avoid repairs and keep your home up so that you can enjoy the summer season.

About the author: A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here. This article uses information from Clark Roofing.

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