Hot and sunny days are usually what come to mind when we think of Florida’s summer weather. But that’s only part of the picture. Summer also brings heavy rainfall and severe storms. Intense wind, rain, and thunderstorms have the potential to destroy your home. This summer, be sure to protect your home from damage with these suggestions.
Raging summer storms often come with heavy winds. A windstorm can easily turn your tree branches into flying missiles, threatening the safety of your home. Take preventative action by regularly maintaining the trees on your property. If you’re noticing any loosely attached branches, rot, disease, or a cluster of seeds/coconuts, take the time to trim them or hire a professional to do so.
During a storm, you’ll want to ensure that you have a solid roof over your head. Regular inspections, especially after severe weather, will help keep you dry. A quick inspection can even be preformed with your feet planted safely on the ground. Keep an eye out for signs of wear and tear such as broken shingles or tiles. Having a small problem repaired right away will save you from a costly fix down the line. And remember that after a storm, necessary supplies like tarps are scarce. It’s always a good idea to purchase tarps to have on hand in case of storm damage.
Make sure to clear dead leaves and debris from your gutters to direct rainwaters off of your roof and away from your home’s foundation. If rain finds a way into your home it can cause severe damage to furniture, appliances, belongings, and the structure of your home.
Broken windows and doors mean endless amounts of rain and debris entering your home. Not to mention, they can cost a pretty penny to replace. Protect your windows and doors by purchasing commercial storm shutters. You can also cut your own covers from exterior grade or marine plywood at least five-eighths of an inch thick.
Prepare for inevitable power surges and power outages. Power surges can potentially disable your electronic devices and appliances. Installing surge protectors can help prevent this but your best option is to unplug these devices in the event of severe weather. Power outages can take hours and sometimes days to remedy. Be sure to have an emergency kit containing battery operated lights and non-perishable food. Consider purchasing a generator as a source of electricity during an outage and remember, when using fuel-burning devices, such as generators or gas grills, keep them outdoors as they can produce carbon monoxide.
Getting your home ready for a storm takes time and effort. Don’t wait until it’s too late. This summer, put in the effort to keep your family safe and secure.