Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS Tips to Protect Your Home in Extreme Weather

Are you 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 wrath:

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.

4. Plant 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.

For more about protecting your home this season and year round, contact your local REALTOR®.
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