The Do’s and Don’ts of Riding out a Storm
What should you do when you know there’s a bad storm coming? In some cases, you’ll seek shelter inside of your home, but if the storm’s bad enough, you might need to leave your property. Regardless of where you will be, you need to make sure you take some steps to protect your property from any potential damage caused by the weather. Here are some tips to take to heart.
Start Preparing Now
Even if the sun’s shining and you don’t feel there will be a drop of rain for weeks, you need to prepare. Getting ready for bad weather long before it shows up can help to keep you and your home safe. After all, they say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you live in an area that’s prone to flooding, make sure that all of your electrical and heating systems are at least a foot above the highest flood level in the area. Put washers, dryers, and other appliances onto a water resistant base as well.
Consider installing a backflow valve into your sewer line, as this will stop the potential sewage backup that can happen during severe storms. The last thing you need is to worry about sewage backing up into the home and doing even more damage. This will give you some peace of mind. If you have a basement that may get damp, having a sump pump is a good idea. However, during storms, the power could be out. Having a battery powered pump is very helpful in these situations.
Sandbags are actually a good idea as well. You can get these at most of the home improvement stores out there. Place these around the exterior doors, window wells, drainage spots, and any potential areas around the house where water might come inside. They may not be able to stop all of the water, but they can help to mitigate the damage quite a bit.
You also need to make sure you are keeping your windows safe. Covering them with plywood is a great idea. It ensures that branches and airborne debris do not break the glass, and it can help to keep out additional water. The plywood needs to be large enough to cover the entire window with some room to spare, and do not skimp on the nails. You need at least four to help hold it in place.
Take your most valuable items and place them as high as possible in the home. For example, if you have expensive electronics, you do not want them on the ground floor or the basement. You want them elevated and on the second floor if possible. This will help to ensure their safety. Keep the most valuable items away from the windows as well. Even though you might have them covered with plywood, there’s still an element of danger.
Finally, make sure you have a full tank of gas, along with a bag of clothing and necessities, including important documents, just in case you need to leave the house for an extended period.
Things to Avoid Doing
Do not drain the pool. This is a big mistake that too many homeowners have made in the past. Without the weight of the water, when the underground water tables rises, it could actually shift the pool in the ground. Never go into a flooded basement, or any other flooded area. There could be debris that you do not see, and there could be the risk of electrocution.
Take the tips mentioned in this article and use them whenever you need to prepare for a coming storm. It’s always better to be over-prepared! For more information on protecting and insuring your property, contact us.