Summer is here, which means it’s also the start of hurricane season. This means that along with the other items on your extensive summer to-do list, you’ve probably been thinking of the tasks you’ll need to complete to make sure your home is protected during heavy rain and winds. However, if you’re new to a hurricane area or haven’t protected your home in the past, you might be unaware of what you’ll need to do. Even if you don’t live in a hurricane danger zone, these tips will help you prepare for summer storms. Here are our suggestions:
- Check for leaks. If your windows and doors are letting in air, they may be a chance that they start letting in water, too. Make sure your windows and doors are well-sealed, and consider storm windows and doors if you live in an area that sees frequent storms.
- Check your property for potential risks. If you have decaying trees, or loose fencing and objects around your home, they can all become risks for your home, powerlines and car during high winds.
- Check your roofing. If you have loose shingles or weak spots on your roof, a storm can easily double the damage and drive up the cost of repairing it.
- Check your gutters. Clogged gutters or gutters that are pulling away from the home are one of the biggest ways for further damage to happen during periods of high rain. Water directed towards your home from clogged gutters can seep under siding and roofing, causing mold, mildew and rot, or even cause damage to your homes foundation. The best way to protect these areas is to clear your gutters before a storm, or have a protective system like GutterShutter installed, ensuring that your gutters are always clear of debris.
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