As severe weather continues to dominate the news, it pays to take heed and prepare for the worst, even if your home isn’t in the direct path of current storms. Here are 12 ways to get your house in order if you live in or near regions where storms and heavy rains are predicted.
12 Ways to Get Your House Ready for Storms
A home that isn’t ready for rain can become a winter nightmare as water leaks through the roof and ceilings, floods the ground floor or basement, and compromises the home’s structure. Let's show you several things that you can do to get ready.
Clean your gutters and downspouts
When gutters and downspouts clog with leaves and debris, water overflows and spills down where it can damage walls and footings. If your house is beneath many trees, it’s smart to trim them back and then clear the gutters at the beginning of the season, and then clean them again after the first rain to remove leaves and debris that wash down from the roof.
Check your roof, skylights, and flashing
The roof is the most obvious point of entry for rain. If checking your roof is more than you want to handle yourself, please check out HomeAdvisor or something similar to get free bids from local pros.
Repair gutters and downspouts
Fix loose, sagging, or leaking gutters and make sure downspouts carry drainage well away from the house.
Inspect the house siding
Check for damage, cracks, and holes. Seal up leaks with paintable or clear caulk. Make sure the paint is in good condition. If it isn’t, consider getting the house painted before winter really sets in.
Weatherstrip windows and doors
Weatherstrip windows and doors to seal out drafts and minimize heat loss.
Prepare or install storm doors and windows
If your home has a combination storm/screen door with interchangeable glass and screen panels, switch from screens to glass. Spray a little WD-40 on the storm door’s hinges and latches. Be sure the door closer is adjusted and working smoothly.
Need a sump pump?
If your crawl space is susceptible to flooding, consider buying a sump pump. If your home already has one, be sure it is in good working order.
Consider buying a generator
In the event of a power outage, a portable emergency generatorcan provide enough power to keep a few important lights and appliances running. A whole-house standby generator will automatically kick-on to keep the keep the whole house powered.
Cover and protect
Cover and protect outdoor furniture, barbecues, outdoor equipment, and firewood with heavy tarps. Secure the tarps with ropes or heavy objects such as bricks.
Have materials such as sandbags or concrete edgings on hand
If your property is in danger of being flooded, have materials such as sandbags or concrete edgings on hand to divert water to drainage areas. Don't forget to be sure you have flood insurance. Be aware that your home may become flooded even if it isn’t located in a high-risk area. Flood damage from a storm can be devastating for any family, and most flood losses are not covered by your standard home insurance policy. We have multiple options for your flood insurance in Texas.
Have trees trimmed
Have trees trimmed, especially if they’ve become weakened by drought. When laden with rainwater, weak trees can snap or become easily uprooted.
Be ready for the worst
Assemble a disaster supply kit, and have it readily accessible. Scan and store important documents on thumb drives or hard drives located away from your home (or on the Cloud).
It's never to late to review your insurance policies with your trusted local independent agent. So, contact one of our staff at 281-520-4090 for any questions you may have about your Texas home and flood insurance needs.
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