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Prepare Your Home Against Storms And Bad Weather

By Colleen Colkitt

If your area has a storm warning or weather advisory notice, don't wait until it's too late to fix your house. Repairs can be expensive and time consuming, so prevent it all together by readying your house for a storm beforehand. To avoid the high cost of repairs for fixing your property after a particularly nasty storm, try these tips to help your home withstand a storm's high winds or flooding.

1. Secure around your house

It's simple and effective to check the outside of your home for anything that might not stand up against the wind. Remove any outside furniture around your patio or pool deck and store in a safer place like the garage or basement. Remember that even flower-pots or decorations in your garden might get blown away, and have the potential to cause further damage to your property. Don't overlook anything by simply securing flags, lights, or even playground sets, because these items are at risk during a storm.

2. Windows

Also, tend to each window to help keep harsh winds and rain from damaging your house. Windows are natural weak spots, so check for cracks and chipped areas to make repairs before these areas cause further problems in a storm. Although it seems like a small thing to do, the destruction caused from vulnerable windows include flooding and even storm debris entering the home, so prevent this completely by preparing your windows before the storm takes control!

3. Roof

Having a damaged roof is a huge hassle that causes even more damage to the interior of your home. This can be avoided, or helped, by fixing any loose shingles or weak areas of the roof before a storm occurs. Weak spots can contribute to wider spread leaks and this is just not something you want to have to deal with during a storm. Avoid expensive water damage by checking to make sure the gutters, downpipes, and drains are all clear and functioning properly.

4. Generators

If anyone knows the New York area, then they know power outages happen more often than we'd all like to believe. Before the electricity goes out completely, however, a power surge might happen and it can break appliances and technology like computers or televisions. Prevent this by investing in surge protectors, which your appliances can be plugged into, so that the sudden burst of electricity doesn't make your refrigerator, microwave or technology crash.

In the event your electricity goes out, having a generator on hand is one of the best things a homeowner can do. With extension cords, make sure the system is not in an enclosed space like a garage or living space because the carbon monoxide produced is toxic and has been known to kill. The gas is colorless and odorless, so be very careful to run the generator outside and away from where people will breathe. You can even help your neighbors out by running a long extension cord out to their home to give them electricity for a while as well. This can be helpful to power space heaters, charge phones or electronics, and keep maybe a refrigerator running for a little longer while the power outage is still taking place.

5. Trees

Remove any loose branches or twigs from your lawn and property. If necessary, trim the limbs from your tree that overhang the roof of your home, or any other dying parts. Older trees tend to be larger and also might have weaker rain-soaked roots, which might fall on your roof, garage, and even your vehicles. Although this may seem like a major precaution, it pays off in the long-run to have sizable trees removed from the lawn rather than deal with a fallen tree on your house and garage, or even worse, on your neighbors property!

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