Summer is MOSTLY about those long sunny days, chilled times in the yard, and adventures into the great outdoors, but there’s something else about summer too: they can be pretty darn stormy from time to time, too! While it can be pleasant to sit on the porch and watch the storm rumble in the distance, things are decidedly less pleasant when that storm is directly overhead.
When that happens, all that’s enjoyable about thunderstorms goes out of the window, and we’re left wondering about the damage that we will be done to our homes. If it’s a severe storm, the likes of which have been more common in recent years, then there can be significant damage indeed. Below, we take a look at some useful ways you can make it through storm season with your home and sanity intact.
Make an Emergency Kit
Who knows how long this storm is going to last, or how long you’ll need to hole up in your home? You can never be sure. If your power is knocked out, you might have to survive for longer than you’d like. As such, it’s imperative that you prepare for the worst by putting together an emergency kit, which you can call upon such the worst happen. What to put in it? Things like a flashlight, batteries, band-aids, tissue paper, and so on. Plenty of bottled water and dry foods should be present, too. It’ll take all of an hour to put together but will make all the difference if it’s needed.
What Does Your Insurance Cover?
There’s nothing worse than a storm rolling through, causing damage to your home, and then taking a look at your insurance policy only to discover that your insurance company isn’t going to cover the damage that has been caused. That’s why it’s vitally important to check your policy BEFORE the summer, and then make any adjustments before its needed. It might mean parting with a little bit more cash to make sure you’re sufficiently covered, but, like all other insurance policies, it’ll be worth it if you need to make a claim.
Checking the Dangers
It’s not necessarily the heavy rain or lightning that’s going to cause damage to your home. It’s what the storm causes to shift, such as tree branches. If you’ve got tree branches that hang around the edge of your property, you’ll be well-served having them inspected by a tree surgeon. They’ll be able to tell if they pose a danger or not. If they do, it’s best not to take any chances, and just have it removed; a heavy branch fall can cause significant, highly expensive damage to your home.
Other Garden Fixtures
If removing tree branches seems a little excessive, then OK, but it’s not necessary. What is straightforward yet just as important is making sure that things like your fence and furniture are well-protected from the storm. In the case of your furniture, simply move them inside, or, if that’s not an option, make sure they’re well bolted down, and won’t move when the heavy winds arrive. For your fence, make sure it’s still in sound shape; this is a good idea overall anyway, as an insecure fence can pose other risks to your property.
Make Sure The Roof’s Working
Alas, you’re unable to keep a daily check on one of the most vulnerable areas of your home - the roof. When a storm strikes, it’s usually the roof that receives the worst of it. And if your roof is already damaged, however slightly, then you’ll be leaving yourself open to there being much more significant damage once the storm has passed. Make sure you’re getting up there - or hire an expert to take a look - to make sure that everything’s in full working order before the summer storms arrive. When it comes to a storm, a well-secured roof will be your first defense.
What to Do
It’s all good and well being prepared for the worst, but what if something does, in fact, go wrong? Then, it’ll be less about making sure nothing goes wrong, and more about damage limitation. To begin, you should take as many photos as possible of the damage in order to show your insurance company when you’re making a claim. But making a claim might be a secondary priority; first, you’ll want to deal with the damage that’s been done. If there’s water damage, make sure no more water is able to get in, and also have a company like Restoration Eze take care of the cleanup. A priority will be getting your electricity back up and running if it's been knocked out, which may take some time, so look at hiring a generator in the meantime.
Protecting the Expensive Items
The damage to your property will be annoying enough, but what about the expensive goods that are inside your house? You don’t want to lose them too! Before the storm hits, take steps to remove any fancy equipment (or anything with sentimental value) from the ground floors, as this is most likely where the damage will hit. Keep it upstairs, somewhere safe and, if it’s electrical, unplugged.
Board Games and Cards
Who says a thunderstorm, even one that’s right over your house, can’t be fun? If you’ve taken the steps we’ve outlined above, then your property should be sufficiently secure. There’s no point listening to every gust of wind and wondering what it’s doing to your home; you’ll drive yourself crazy! Instead, distract yourself with board games and cards. Families rarely do these things together anymore, but with the internet and other techs out of bounds, you’ve been presented with a golden opportunity to have some old-school fun!
Hopefully, your summer months will bring nothing but blue skies and good times, but there’s always a chance of a mega-storm appearing from nowhere. While you can’t do anything about the weather you’re going to get, you can do something about how prepared you’ll be to handle that weather!