Given the sudden onslaught of nor’easter storms that have hit the east coast, we thought we should do a refresh to help remind you of a few key storm preparation tips to keep in mind, so you are prepared no matter what Mother Nature decides to throw at you.
It’s always good to be prepared, no matter the situation. Generally speaking, your home will already be prepared for the variety of weather that you will experience in your local area. For instance, if you live in a very dry and hot location, your house will likely have been constructed with a flat roof to help reflect the heat from the sun.
Even though the structure of your house might be ready for whatever the weather throws at it, there are always still some things you will be able to do yourself. And that is especially important if you live in a wet location that often gets storms. Here are some all-important storm preparation tips.
Protect Your Guttering
Your gutters will take a battering during high winds and excessive rain. It’s a good idea to get invest in some gutter guard installation so that they don’t end up filling with too many leaves and debris. An excessive amount of dead leaves in the gutters could weigh down on them and make them much weaker. As a result, they’ll be more likely to get damaged during stormy weather.
Double Check Your Insurance
If you do live in a storm-prone area, you should already have some home and flood insurance that will cover any damage caused by inclement weather. But it’s always important to regularly check your insurance to make sure that you know what exactly is covered. Your policies might not update automatically, so you should also check the dates on them so that you don’t accidentally spend a period without insurance.
Maintain Your Roof
Loose tiles on your roof will be some of the first things to get blown away during a storm. So, you will need to carry out regular checks of your roof to make sure that everything is as secure as it can be. This also makes your home a lot safer too and it will reduce the risk of anyone being injured by falling tiles.
Bring In Garden Furniture And Toys
Any large items out in your gardens, such as garden furniture and toys, are also a big risk if they are not secured to the ground. The chances are that you won’t have the time to secure them right before a storm, so you should bring them indoors. Put them either in a shed, garage, or storage space in your house. They’ll then be protected from the wind and the rain, and they won’t end up blowing away!
Put Your Most Important Paperwork Upstairs
We all have very important documents and contracts in our homes, including birth and wedding certificates. These can be very expensive to replace! So, to ensure that they don’t get damaged by any flood water during a storm, you should try and find room to store them upstairs. It’s also wise to keep them in storage units that are flood and fire-proof.
Make sure you don’t get caught out by a storm and end up with significant building damage. These tips can really help!