The snowdrops are blooming, and the weather is warming up, so are the thunderstorms spawning high winds, tornadoes, and flooding. The spring season can bring heavy rains, hail, and high winds your way and cause tremendous property damage. However, with practical storm preparation steps, you can protect your home against raging storms. While mother nature can be unpredictable, you can take specific measures like roof repair ahead of time to ready your home for spring storms, keep your family safe, and minimize damage.
It’s easy to forget how mother nature acts up during the calm winter days, but on those lazy winter afternoons, you’ve got all the time to prepare for the upcoming foul weather. Here are some tips on how to protect your home when the warning signs of a severe thunderstorm pop up on your radar.
Keep Tabs on the latest Weather Conditions
If a storm is approaching, you should stay updated on the latest weather forecasts and heed evacuation orders or any warnings. You can sign up for weather notification alerts on your smartphone. You can use the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) app or real-time notification and access emergency safety tips for any disaster. Ensure to have an emergency plan in place if the storm season is close.
Also, FEMA sends text messages on any updates regarding emergencies. However, long before the storm gets severe, your weather channel, local government, and power companies will keep you posted on what’s happening in your area because they usually offer the same services.
You can also use your radio, TV, or the internet to stay updated on the changing weather patterns. Be sure to know the difference between severe storm warnings and a storm watch. The more information you gather, the easier it is to prepare and plan.
Inspect the Exteriors of Your Home
When the storms start blowing through your area, they breathe out disasters that only the strong structures can withstand. Homes with loose sidings, weak shingles, and unsecured gutters will face the wrath of the unforgiving storms; It only takes a few high winds to start the damage and some heavy hail or rain to finish the job. Therefore, you need to ensure that your home’s exterior weathers the storm. How?
● Schedule an inspection for your siding, gutters, and roof every spring: This will help you keep up with your property and prevent unwanted surprises. However, it’s not your job to identify issues with your exterior. Please let local professionals handle the job.
● Reinforce your doors, especially your garage door
● Consider adding shutters to your doors and windows
● Clean your gutters regularly to prevent clogging, which could lead to water damage and pests problems.
● Check your landscaping: Landscaping has a lot to do with storm damage prevention. When you don’t address weak tree branches and dead trees close to your house, they can get blown onto your house and cause damages to your roof or other parts of your home.
Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Your home’s gutter system plays a critical role in diverting water away from the foundation of your home, especially during the spring storms. Gutters are especially vital because when they fail, they can cause your roof to leak into your home, cause flooding in your basement, or cause your foundation to erode.
Conduct gutter system cleaning and maintenance at least twice every year to keep your gutters in the best condition. You must have professionals clean your gutters and fix any sag. However, if you choose to do it yourself, you should follow the following tips:
● Please don’t do it alone. Get a spotter to help, and have safety precautions in place.
● Put on gloves, and don’t use your hands to pull out debris. Use a gardening trowel instead.
● Use a hose to clean the shutters and force water through downspouts.
● If you are overwhelmed by the task, consider contacting a professional contractor for assistance.
Create a Safety Plan
When disaster strikes, you don’t want to be caught unprepared. A safety plan is one of the best ways to protect your family. Develop a plan for all potential disasters that are likely to affect your area. Some scenarios to keep in mind include:
● lightning striking your home
● Flash flooding
● Severe thunderstorm
● Tree limbs or a whole tree falling on your home
● Tornado watches and warnings
Write down your plan and go over it with the members of your family. Staying prepared by having a plan of action will help safeguard the well-being of your family.
Gather Your Emergency Kits
Storms can cause major disasters. It’s essential to have a pre-made emergency kit that would help you survive a disaster. The kit should contain items that can be useful during an extended period of shelter and power outage. Your kit should include the following:
● One gallon of water for every person for three days
● Non-perishable food items to last three days
● Battery-powered flashlights and radio plus extra batteries
● A first aid kit
● trash bags and moist towelettes
● Local maps
● Pet food and water
● A whistle
● Prescription and prescription medication
For any additional supplies, you can check the list provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
You can’t stop the spring storms, but with the tips mentioned above, the severe weather won’t catch you by surprise. Staying prepared will help you minimize the impact of the storms and keep you safe. Preparation may pinch your pocket a bit, but you will encounter much higher expenses when you don’t take measures. You can reach out to Bourdeau Contracting LLC or visit their website for more information: https://bourdeaucontracting.com/.
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2902 N St Peters Pkwy St.
Charles MO 63303