How to get your home prepared for a stormy day
There are many ways to save money, prepare and protect your family in case of Stormy days ahead. You can have peace of waysmind knowing that you’re ready to handle any kind of challenge the future may throw at you, and here’s how you can do it
1) Check your roof
There are a few ways you can tell if your roof needs replacing. Visible signs of wear such as cracked shingles, missing shingles, or curling shingles are major red flags that you might need a new roof.
The age of your roof is also an important factor–according to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), most roofs typically last around 25 years on average.
If you’re nearing this age mark and have any concerns about leaks in your home, it’s time to start preparing for the next big storm.
Check in with your insurance agent about purchasing a rider which will cover future damages from leaks caused by wind-driven rain.
Replace cracked or missing shingles, caulk leaking joints and install drip edge protection strips to prevent water from entering underneath your roof.
Additionally, ensure that your gutters and downspouts are clear so they don’t overflow during heavy rainfall.
You’ll be glad you did when there’s a break in the weather!
Don’t forget about trees and shrubs:
Homeowners should keep their eye out for dead branches near power lines, hanging tree limbs and broken tree limbs after storms.
If you suspect a potential hazard in your yard, call an electrician before attempting to remove anything yourself.
Your hard work may not pay off if you electrocute yourself doing routine yard maintenance.
If you want to take precautionary measures against floods, make sure drainage systems such as pipes and sump pumps are working correctly.
2) Clear your gutters
If you’re not sure what you should be doing with your spare time, consider clearing out your gutters.
Gutters are an important part of keeping your home dry when it rains, but they can fill up quickly with leaves, dirt, and other debris.
Gutter cleaning is one of those tasks that many people put off until they absolutely have to do it. But the sooner you get started on it, the easier it will be.
The best way to clean gutters is from the top down, so start at the top of your house and work your way down.
Be aware that some sections may be high enough that you’ll need a ladder or a pole to reach them.
Be careful! If you’ve never cleaned your gutters before, make sure to wear protective gear (e.g., gloves) and avoid standing in puddles because there could be sludge seeping out of the drain pipe and into the gutter while it’s raining.
After you’ve cleared all the leaves, dust, sticks, etc., use a hose attached to a nozzle to wash away any grime that remains.
3) Inspect your windows
The first thing you should do is inspect your windows.
You want to make sure that they are not cracked, chipped, or broken in any way. If this is the case, then you should have them repaired as soon as possible.
This will ensure that your home stays insulated from cold air and snow during winter months.
It will also keep you safe in the event of a storm! Make sure that all doors and windows are shut tight when there’s a storm coming. If they aren’t, then the wind could push against it and break it.
Also, if you have pets at home, be sure to bring them inside before a storm comes – they could get stuck outside!
4) Check your basement
You should also check your basement. A sudden water leak or burst pipe can lead to major structural damage and expensive repairs, so if you don’t already have a sump pump, it’s worth installing one before the ground gets too wet.
If you’ve already experienced flooding in your basement, it is imperative that you contact a plumber right away.
The sooner you get help, the less extensive (and costly) the repairs will be.
The longer it takes for you to act on any of these tips, the more likely it is that your property will sustain damage from floodwaters.
It’s never too early to start preparing yourself and your family for extreme weather events like hurricanes or heavy rains; they’re only going to become more frequent as our climate changes.
The best way to stay safe during a storm is by being prepared!
5) Prepare an emergency kit
An emergency kit can be a lifesaver in case of an emergency.
Whether it’s natural disasters or a sudden health crisis, having a stockpile of supplies on hand can mean the difference between life and death.
Here are some things you should keep in your emergency kit:
Water – One gallon per person per day is a good rule of thumb.
Food – Make sure you have enough non perishable food that will last at least 72 hours. Include at least one full meal that does not require any cooking (such as canned soup).
✓ First Aid Kit – Basic first aid items like bandages and antibacterial ointment will make all the difference if someone needs medical attention right away.
Flashlight – You’ll want a flashlight for power outages or when you’re stranded somewhere outdoors.
✓ Cell Phone Charger – Charge up your phone battery so that you can call emergency services even when there’s no power to charge up the phone battery itself.
✓ Tools and Supplies – Keep a crowbar, wrench, duct tape, and other basic tools handy in case they’re needed in an emergency.
– Toiletries like soap, toothpaste and toilet paper should also go into your emergency kit.