There are some weather situations that are so severe we just have to hunker down and hope for the best. But that doesn't mean we are completely powerless. Some simple steps can give your home a fighting chance when faced with Mother Natures wrath.
Since your roof is the first line of defense against the elements keep it in good repair. A regular inspection will help you find and fix small issues before they become bigger issues. The time to identify a problem with your roof is before the storm not after you have water in your living room.
Start here: periodically check for cracks around the chimney. Also inspect flashing and roof vents for damage. Replace or repair damaged flashing or vents.
Also inspect the shingles. If one or more is damaged you can replace them pretty easily. If you aren't comfortable getting on the roof, hire a professional.
Also, keep your roof clear of debris, particularly the valleys of your roof. This will ensure that water flows off your roof the way it was intended to do rather than pooling and leaking into your home.
Keep gutters clear too so the water won't overflow the gutter and pond around the foundation of your home which may lead to water in your basement.
If you're in an area prone to hurricanes, or just very high wind, it can be helpful to have plywood ready to put over your windows. Having the plywood cut to the appropriate sizes and ready to go is important.
If you don't want to deal with the hassle of storing a lot of plywood, there are other products available that may be easier to work with. Everything from Kevlar window coverings to man made materials that are lighter and easier to work with than plywood but still offer great protection are available.
Garage doors are also very susceptible to high wind. In many cases you can either buy or build a simple additional support brace for your garage doors.
To protect your home from frigid winters try these tips:
1. Make sure your home is kept at at least 65 degrees F even if you're not there. This is important because the areas behind your walls, where your pipes are located, are going to be significantly colder than the interior spaces. If your home is less than 65 degrees you run the risk of frozen pipes.
2. Make sure you know where the water main for your home is located and how to turn it off.
3. Remove hoses from all outside spigots prior to freezing temperatures.
4. Keeping both hot and cold faucets open a little may prevent pipes from freezing in extreme temperatures. If you discover frozen pipes you can thaw them yourself or call a plumber right away before they burst.
Of course, the exact precautions you need to take to protect your home will vary depending on your location and climate and the weather events you are most likely to encounter.
An overall good rule of thumb is to keep up with the maintenance of your home and repair or replace any parts of your home that are too old or have been damaged.
When it comes to maintenance your home is similar to your car: take care of little things as soon as possible so they don't become big things.
And, make sure that you you have the right type and amount of insurance coverage. Keep all your insurance information safe and secure with Altoserv's safe and reliable online storage.
You want to get back to normal as quickly as possible, keeping your insurance information safe and available will make it easier.