Tips for Storm-Proofing Your Community
Nothing can damage a home quite like a storm, and they’re unavoidable. No matter where you live, your home is at risk for some kind of storm. To protect your house and reduce damage, check out these tips for storm-proofing your home.
Protect the Windows and Doors
Start by ensuring your windows and doors are protected from high winds and flying debris. Consider replacing your current windows and doors with impact-resistant ones, which can withstand powerful winds and flying objects. Another option to protect windows is to install storm shutters. For your doors, install additional bolts, which can help keep the door intact when faced with high winds. Don’t forget your garage door, however. Without additional bracing, the door can fly off, which increases the risk of further damage to your home.
Perform an Outside Cleanup
It isn’t just your house that takes a beating during a storm. A storm can also wreak havoc on your yard. Before the storm hits, get out and gather any lawn/patio furniture and store it safety in the garage or shed. Also, examine trees and large shrubs for any hazardous limbs. Prune away excess or weak-looking limbs to prevent them from falling off during the storm.
Strengthen Your Roof
Certain roofs, like gabled roofs, are simply more prone to wind damage, and installing a new roof may not be within your budget. However, even with a gabled roof, you can install additional braces and support systems to ensure your roof stays secure in high winds. Your area may have strict code requirements for the types of fastening systems your roof needs, so be sure to check those too.
Get Some Emergency Supplies
Don’t forget to think about what will happen during the storm. You may lose power, your house may get flooded, and you may be stranded for a few days. That’s why it’s important to gather some emergency supplies to keep you safe. Start by getting some food, water and medical supplies to last you a few days.
It may also be a good idea to get a generator and water pump. Make sure to include a corded phone in your emergency kit. If the power goes out, and your cellphone dies, you won’t have any way to contact anyone without a corded phone.
Nothing can prevent a storm from happening but there are steps you can take to reduce the damage. These four tips will help keep you and your home safe and sound during a variety of storms.
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