In many parts of the country we are starting to approach storm season. Down here in the south, hurricane season will start in the summer, June to be exact and will last through November. In the midwest where I am from, spring brings storm showers and heavy winds. Tornados are already starting to make a scene in many of the plains states. There are many things you can start doing now to get your house ready and prepared.
1. Clearing limbs and trees
One of the biggest causes of damage to homes is trees. When tree branches are too close to the home or when there are weak/dead branches that can easily crack and fall on homes. They can ruin gutters and roofs as well as damage cars. With the home we owned near Chicago, the houses were older and the trees were older as well. Our neighbor's tree had large tree branches fall after storms and we had a big fear it would fall on our cars or houses. Getting the old parts of the tree removed could easily prevent some major and costly damage.
2. Roof inspection
Getting your roof inspected is a great way to monitor for any previous damage and get it fixed to prevent the problem from getting worse. Some companies will even do free roof inspections. Atlanta home roofers is one such company. Identifying a problem and getting it fixed is an easy step between security and future leaks.
3. Check your gutters
It is important to clean out your gutters after the winter. Things like leaves and debris can get in there and block areas of drainage. If there is any roof damage, it can also cause problems with the gutter. Southeastern Roofing Company is able to repair or give you new gutters.
4. Check your windows and doors
Make sure both are sealed properly. Check the caulk around the flames. One trick is to hold a lit candle near the window on a breezy day to assess any air coming in.
5. Invest in a generator
It doesn't matter where you live; a generator is important. Down here in the south when there is a hurricane the power is at risk of going out. There has been plenty of times back up in Chicago when a regular thunderstorm caused some power outage usually due to high winds. A generator is great to keep the lights going, the fridge and freezer going, and keep life moving.
It is important to take those small steps for better protection. Paying smaller amounts for fixing problems can save on huge amounts for big problems. Plus, on top of all that yours and your family's safety is at the utmost importance.