Community Contributor Amy Robey
doing all you can to protect your home against extreme weather? Droughts, heat
waves, floods and violent storms can ravage communities and destroy the
structure of homes. Homeowners who take basic precautions can minimize damage.
Here are four things you can do to safeguard your home against Mother Nature's
1. Be sure
to inspect your roof. Strong wind gusts that accompany storms can tear off
loose shingles. If your roof is due for new shingles, consider installing
impact-resistant shingles that protect from hail damage. You can also consider
installing shutters to protect your windows from flying debris.
2. A sump
pump will keep your basement dry during heavy rainfalls, but if it fails or the
electricity is out, so is your luck. Consider getting a dual-system and backup
generator to keep it working through the storm. Wheeled portable backup
generators with small gas engines tend to be the most popular among homeowners.
Keep portable generators near an open window to avoid running the risk of
carbon monoxide buildup.
3. To keep
cool in extreme heat, close curtains and blinds on windows that get direct
sunlight. If you have storm windows, consider leaving them up all year.
Insulating your attic can help ward off the sweltering heat in the summer and
also helps to keep your home warm in the winter. If your air conditioner is
outside, be sure to regularly clean the compressor coils so it runs the cooling
system more efficiently.
trees safe distances from your home so that they won't topple down on your
house during a storm. Keep your yard tidy of loose branches, which could become
hazardous during high winds. If you have concerns about whether a tree on your
property is a safety hazard, call a local certified arborist to inspect it.
Patio furniture and umbrellas outside your home should be secured when not in
use or at least secured prior to a storm.
about protecting your home this season and year round, contact your local