January 15, 2020
We’ve already had our share of severe storms this summer, and Our Towns Habitat wants to help you make sure your home is ready for future storms. These tips will help you to prepare your home so storm damage can be avoided or minimized.
Make sure that you are always paying attention to your trees. Regular maintenance and pruning will keep trees healthy and will help eliminate the risk of damage by falling dead branches. Branches that are touching or close to the roof should be trimmed to avoid scratching and further roof damage due to blowing branches during a storm. The most severe damage from storms often results from trees falling, so if you have any trees that may be dying, you may want to hire an arborist to evaluate it and possibly remove it.
Keeping your gutters clean is also a critical maintenance task. Blocked gutters can cause rain water to build up and damage your roof, attic or siding. You will also want to make sure that downspouts are clear and that they are moving water away from the foundation of your house. While you are at it, inspect your roof in order to assure that there are no damaged shingles or tiles.
You may also want to have a battery backup for your sump pump, or a whole second battery powered sump pump. This is especially important if you have a finished basement and will help to avoid an overflowing sump basin.
If you are aware of a storm approaching, you should secure your lawn furniture and other outdoor items in advance. This will help to keep items from being damaged or from being picked up by strong winds and becoming projectiles.
Lastly, you should know what is covered by your home insurance policy in terms of storm damage. You may want to consider extra coverage. If your home does sustain damage from a storm, be sure to report the damages to your insurance agency as soon as possible.
We hope these tips will help keep your home secure and damage-free as these summer storms roll through!