For whatever reason, Mother Nature decides to take quite a toll on us from time to time – and often our houses pay for it. No matter what type of natural disaster it may be; thunderstorm, tornado, wind storm, rain damage, or tsunami – our homes are never completely safe from weather itself. It’s true that having house insurance/weather damage insurance can be incredibly helpful, but some things aren’t covered and some people may not be able to receive the insurance. When this happens, it’s up to us or charities to fix parts of our home.
We have compiled a list of some common areas of your home that may frequently get damaged by harsh weather. Try your best to safety-proof these areas to prevent any future damage from occurring.
No home is completely safe from the weather but there are tons of things that you can do to make sure you and your home are prepared.
1.Basement – Flood Damage
Of course we had to put the basement first, since it is so often a victim to rain and storm damage. Your basement takes quite a beating sometimes, and you may wake up to a couple inches of water on the floor after a flash flood. In order to prevent water damage, stains on the walls and weakened housing frames – you should try to protect your basement from any incoming water sources. If you have windows in your basement, try and get some durable and high quality window covers that let the rain wash over them and let it flow back onto the ground. Aside from that, always go around your house with caulk and make sure to fill in any possible holes or gaps that could be a possible problem.
2.Roof & Attic – Wind, Hail Damage
Whether it’s a run of the mill thunderstorm or a full blown windstorm, your roof is the first part of your home that must surrender to Mother Nature. Being pelted with hail is hard, and shingles can possibly fly off with enough wind power. There isn’t too much you can do to prevent hail from hitting the roof, but you can nip a lot of possible problems in the bud just by making sure you install a durable and strong enough roof.
3.Interior of Home – Heat Damage
The most deaths attributed to weather damage are from heat related incidents. In certain states, the summers can be quite brutal and unfortunately some people just can’t afford the luxury of air conditioning. This becomes a problem when temperatures reach record highs and you are stuck inside your home feeling as if you are about to melt. Stocking up on fans can help to keep air circulating, and installing an attic fan can really help to cool the overall house better. Since the attic is the hottest part of the house, the only way to keep the interior cooler is by preventing the intense buildup of heat in the attic.
4.Outside the Home – Snow Damage
Too much weight from snow can cause not only trees to collapse, but it can pose a threat to your roof and home as well. When too much snow melts all at once, it can be similar to a very heavy rainfall and can leak inside the home. Make sure to prevent any unneeded vehicle damages by trimming your trees year round so that branches don’t break or fall off.
No home is completely safe from the weather but there are tons of things that you can do to make sure you and your home are prepared. If you live in a very harsh climate, you should make sure to have insurance for your home and also to research ways to weatherproof your home.