Summer weather is as unpredictable as weather can get, with extremely hot days that can quickly turn into stormy days with high winds and pouring rains. Naturally, this extreme weather can take a toll on your house, especially if it isn’t prepared. Knowing this about summer, you should really prepare your home in advance. That’s why we’ve compiled a few tips to help you do that. And though summer has already begun, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t follow them!
Check your entire house
This tip is great for all seasons but it becomes especially useful just before summer. Walking around your home and taking a look to windows, doors and roofs is a must to detect leaks and loose tiles. Windows usually have some leaks around the frames, which end up being a door for water to come into your house. Loose tiles, for their part, can be hard to spot sometimes but they can make water drip through the roof and grow some mold. Check it yourself or call an expert to help you.
Update your weather stripping
While you’re checking your home, take the time to see if your openings are needing some weather stripping update. You may have done it before, but weather stripping erodes over time and becomes useless. If you want your home to be protected from harder rains, then calling a weather stripping expert is in order.
Get new doors and windows
If you have some extra cash to spend, then getting new openings instead of updating your old ones can be a great option. Why? Because you can get more solid doors and windows that can better stand bad weather. Additionally, you can also install storm doors and windows shutters to protect your openings from hard rain, wind and hail.
Waterproof the attic and the basement
Openings aren’t the only way water from hard rains can use to get into your home. That’s why you have to pay special attention to your attic and basement. If you’ve already taken care of your roof, it’ll also be wise to treat your attic with sealant to keep the moisture out of it. Additionally, you should do the same in your basement. While you’re down there, be sure to check for cracks on the floor that can also open a secret door to moisture.
Don’t forget your home’s outdoors
While thinking about severe storms, most people always wonder how they can protect their home but many often forget to also protect what’s outside. There’s plenty in your lawn you should be considering. Freestanding patio furniture, for instance, should be relocated to a safe place, ideally indoors. You could also secure it to the ground permanently, and you’ll be prepared for storms to come. Your trees, shrubs, plants, seedlings and saplings should also be protected. Small plants and new growths can be covered with plastic covers and small trees should be staked. Don’t forget to trim tall/old trees to prevent branches from falling off onto your home or on electrical wires.
These tips should have your home protected against the unpredictable whims of summer weather. The best thing is that they are useful all year long, so if you have to spend some money to put them to practice, then do so – consider it an investment! Remember, it’s best to spend a few bucks and prevent damages than actually having to pay the cost of a repair. Better safe than sorry!
Posted June 28, 2015
by Gabriel Posternak.