It doesn’t matter if it’s a summer thunderstorm of monsoon proportions or a winter blizzard that buries your city; there are ways to get ready for something harsh from Mother Nature. While quite a bit of damage can come from precipitation, winds can do a number on your home and garden.
Your roof takes the brunt of most heavy weather. If you’ve just had a new roof installed, things are most likely O.K. However, say the roof is 5-to-10 years old. You need to check your tiles or shingles.
Minor repairs you can take care of yourself, provided you’re not afraid of heights and your house is a single story high. If not, it might be prudent to contact a roofing pro to touch things up.
Things like doors and windows are prime ways that strong winds can get inside. The gold standard for windows is that the glass should be able to repel a 9-pound 2-by-4 that’s driving at a speed of 34-mph. In areas where you get hurricanes, the minimum pressure rating of your window should be at least 50 pounds per square foot.
Trees will most likely need to be trimmed. While it’s best to do this in the spring, if a large branch needs removing, take it down. Any other branches that might detach from the tree should likewise be sawed off and disposed of in an area where it would become a projectile in strong winds.
When was the last time you scrutinized your flashing? If the protective material has outlived its purpose, it needs to be fixed. Is it’s unattached? If it’s not damaged, fix it. The messed-up flashing, however, needs to be replaced.
5.Moving The Unanchored
You need to secure everything outside that could fly if heavy winds strike your neighborhood. Store the materials that you only occasionally use. The reason for getting the movable objects into a protected space is for your protection. Heavy weather will throw what is not tied-down at your windows and your car.
If you have any leaks that you’ve not fixed, fix them now. A simple drip can turn into a small river once the rain falls. Unfixed leaks that become wash-outs can create costly damage.
A major weather system might force you to leave your home and seek stronger shelter. Put together a small suitcase with a change of clothes, memories – like pictures – and things you don’t ever want to lose. Make sure you can get to it quickly. If you hear on your portable radio that you need to leave, grab it and go.
Do you have a Weather Radio? Get one. Make sure it’s one that you can both plug-in to the wall and run on batteries. A weather radio that also has a hand-crank is a great alternative to energy cells.
6.A Fast Moving Storm
Let’s say you haven’t done any of the stuff we’ve earlier recommended. A storm is quickly bearing down on your town. You are also going to have to move faster than the impending cloud burst.
First, put your car in the garage and back it car up to the inside door, so the door won’t twist-up if gusts become vicious. In empty areas of the garage, store your bikes, the children’s toys, potted plants and outside furniture. Everything that isn’t nailed down outside, put into the vacant spaces around your auto.
Once finished battening down the hatches, shut every window tightly and then get away from them. Unplug small electrical appliances and power-down your PC. Crank-up the battery-powered radio. Listen to your local station that is a source for weather-related news.
The most important thing you can do is discover and fix problems before you’re forced to. Having the matter under control in advance will keep you from making irrational and bad decisions at a time when you need to have a clear head.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a summer thunderstorm of monsoon proportions or a winter blizzard that buries your city; there are ways to get ready for something harsh from Mother Nature.