A lot of homeowners work hard to protect their homes from winter storms. They might winterize their pipes, blow out their sprinklers, invest in heater maintenance, and more.
However, many don’t think about protecting their homes in the summer, too. Since summer produces some of the worst storms around, it’s important to remember to do a few things to prepare for them.
Easy Ways to Protect Your Home
When it comes to protecting your home, you can take the DIY route or you can call professionals to do the work for you. Regardless of how you get it done, here’s what you need to do:
- Cut back your trees and large bushes or shrubs. Make sure you remove anything that’s dead, because these branches will blow off easily and become major hazards in a storm. You should also remove any branches that are too close to or that overhang structures, like your house or even your fence. Bad storms can blow these around and cause major damage.
- Clean your gutters. Getting leaves and other debris out of your gutters helps them work properly when summer’s heavy rains come. If they’re clogged, water can back up on your roof or pour off your roof and pool next to your home. Either way, you could suffer significant water damage. If you’re not comfortable climbing up to your gutters or you can’t access them, get professionals to do it for you!
- Inspect your home’s exterior at the beginning of the summer and after major storms. Look for loose shingles and siding, cracks, gaps between windows and your house, and more. Get these fixed because even the smallest space can allow water into your home during a storm.
- Get and test a standby generator. The best way to guarantee that you will have power no matter what happens is to have a standby generator. That way, you’ll never have to wait hours or days to get power back ever again! Generators need regular testing to make sure they are ready when you need them.
If you’re ready to install a standby generator or you’re concerned about your home’s electricity in a storm, call us at Hop2It Electrical today. We’ll get out to you fast and help you get your home ready for summer storms, no matter what it takes. Make your appointment with one of our experts today!