No matter where you live, you can always be certain that there will be another storm. Whether you are on the coast dealing with a hurricane, in the northeast dealing with a blizzard, or down south dealing with tornadoes, flooding, hail, and ice, you need to ask yourself if your home is as prepared as it can be to weather the next storm.
The good news is, there are many preventative measures you can take that will help your home withstand whatever Mother Nature has in store. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Is your roof in good condition? Are there any active leaks? What would you do if you had a leak open up during a storm?
- Do you regularly clean your gutters? Are they well secured? Are they routing the water away from your home?
- Do you have any trees that are dead or dying? Do you keep tree branches cut away from touching your home? Have you had an arborist come by your home recently?
- Are your decks and trim in good condition? Can you see any loose pieces that need to be nailed down? Are they structurally sound?
- Do you have enough insurance or is your deductible too high if something went wrong? Talking with your insurance agent before a storm and understanding your risks is more important than your conversations after a storm.
- Do you know where your utilities enter your home if there was ever a leak or break? Knowing how to cut off your water and gas lines is extremely important. Make sure you know where your water shutoff valve is in your home and at the street.
- Do you and your family have a plan for each type of storm for where you go and what you do? If you have kids, are they well versed in your plan? Included in this plan should be what happens during a flood, fire, loss of utilities, and where in your house is safe.
- Are you in an area that could flood? If you are, what measures do you take if this were to happen?
- Do you have a shovel for snow, a wrench for water cutoff, a tarp for a large water leak, or candles and flashlights for a loss of electricity? If not, stocking up on these basic items can be a huge time and money saver in the long run.
The question is not whether there will be another storm. The question is always when the next storm will arrive. Taking these simple steps now will help you avoid a lot of hassle and heartache in the future.