When we think about Florida’s summer weather, hot and sunny days are often what we associate with. But that’s just one aspect of the picture. The summer brings with it heavy rains and severe storms. Your home could be destroyed by strong winds, rain and storms. These are some tips to help protect your home this summer.
Heavy winds are often associated with summer storms. Windstorms can quickly turn tree branches into flying missiles and threaten your home’s safety. Regular tree maintenance is a proactive way to prevent damage. You should trim any branches that aren’t attached properly, or hire a professional to do it.
You will want to make sure you have a strong roof to protect you from the elements. You can keep your home dry by performing regular inspections, especially after severe weather. You can perform a quick inspection with your feet safely on the ground. You should be on the lookout for signs of wear, such as tiles or broken shingles. A small issue can be fixed quickly to avoid costly repairs later. Remember that tarps and other supplies are often in short supply after storms. To protect yourself from storm damage, it is a good idea if you can purchase tarps.
Clear your gutters of leaves and other debris to ensure that rainwaters are directed off your roof and away form your home’s foundation. Rain can cause damage to your furniture, appliances, and home’s structure if it finds its way in.
Broken windows and doors can lead to endless rain and debris getting into your home. They can also be very expensive to replace. Commercial storm shutters can be used to protect your doors and windows. You can also make your own covers out of exterior grade plywood or marine plywood, at least 5/8ths of an inch thick.
Be prepared for power outages and power surges. Your electronic devices and appliances could be disabled by power surges. Surge protectors are a good option to prevent power surges. However, you should unplug your devices during severe weather. It can take several hours or even days to restore power. Make sure you have an emergency kit with non-perishable food and battery operated lights. You might consider purchasing a generator to provide electricity in an emergency. Also, remember that fuel-burning devices such as gas grills and generators can cause carbon monoxide so keep them outside.
It takes effort and time to get your home ready for a storm. Don’t wait to make sure it isn’t too late. Make an effort this summer to keep your family safe.
This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier Largo Roofing Contractor! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.