As we all know, spring weather can be very unpredictable. One day we’re wearing shorts and a t-shirt, and the next we have on our winter coat or rain jacket. As the new season arrives and rainstorms can hit at any time, we start to think about spring maintenance projects and how to protect our home from the change in weather. Continue reading to learn the dangers of spring weather, and how to prepare your home to protect against rain and thunderstorms.
Dangers Of Storms
Spring storms range from rain showers to high winds and floods, and everything in between. Some regions of the U.S. still experience hail storms in early spring, which cause almost $1 billion in property damage every year. Severe thunderstorms also bring a lot of damage, with high winds knocking over trees and other debris, reaching almost $15 billion in property damage each year.
Prepare Your Home Now
Since the weather is so unpredictable, it’s important to prepare your home for storms as earlier as possible. Start by pruning dead or rotting branches from trees on your property, especially those near your home or car. Next, check out your roof to see if you need any repairs, as a roof in bad condition can get very damaged in a storm. Also, clean your gutters and downspouts to ensure rainwater doesn’t get trapped and end up near your home’s foundation, resulting in a basement flood.
As for the inside of your home, be prepared for a bad storm with an emergency kit of water, non-perishable food, first-aid kit, flashlights and extra batteries, and a battery-operated radio. Be sure to know how to shut off the power to your home by using the main fuse or breaker on the electrical service panel. Also, be aware how to shut off water and gas support lines in the event of a disaster.
What To Do Right Before A Storm
If you know a storm is headed for your area and have some time to prepare, it’s important to know what you can do to keep your home safe. First, keep your TV or radio on the weather channel to stay updated about changing conditions. Any storm can change into a serious storm warning from the National Weather Service and alert you of dangerous situations. If it’s safe to go outside, tie down anything that can blow away, and bring in as many items as possible. These include lawn decorations, furniture, and grills. In case you experience a power outage, you want to set your fridge and freezer to the coldest settings to ensure your food stays colder for longer.
Home Preparation With Smith & Son’s
At Smith & Son’s, we have provided the state of Maryland with top-notch workmanship on our restoration and remodeling jobs for over three decades. We have 24/7 availability and exceptional customer service, along with the expertise to complete all of your home remodeling needs. For a great job at an honest price throughout the Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Pasadena, Ellicott City, Severna Park, and Columbia areas, give us a call today at (410) 360-5252 or 1-800-246-3782 for 24/7 home improvement and home remodeling services. You can also keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and check out our blog! We look forward to serving you.