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In this two-part series, we’ll be giving you some useful tips and tricks to help prevent your home from suffering unnecessary damage due to summer storms. Although you can’t control the weather, you can always be prepared! We hope this post will be helpful to you in enjoying a relaxing summertime, so be sure to keep an eye out for part two!

Keep an eye on your gutters

If water builds up in your gutters, it can settle around your roof or even end up running down the sides of your house and pooling there, which is never ideal. Usually this happens when the gutters themselves are blocked- by leaves, sticks, or really any debris that prevents rainwater from flowing down and away from your home. It’s no one’s favorite chore, but make sure you clean and service your gutters regularly over the summer months when heavy rain can show up out of nowhere.

Know your foundation is secure

If your home’s foundation has any sort of damage, especially cracks or empty gaps, it can provide an easy way for water to get inside and start causing mold and even more structural issues than the cracks themselves. Even if the issue seems minor, water will always find a way! Keep on top of repairs and don’t be afraid to call a professional if the project seems too big- it’s better to have damage repaired up front than for your entire foundation to become unstable. While you’re at it, check the seals on your windows and doors, which is another quick way water can get in.

Don’t ignore the trees

If your yard contains trees that are dead, hollow, or even just diseased, they may not have the strength or root system to stand up against heavy winds that come along with summer storms and even hurricanes. Although home insurance often covers the event of a tree falling into your roof or window, it’s better to avoid the problem altogether, especially because fallen trees can be very dangerous to the people living inside the home.

Keep furniture contained

Speaking of things that could fall, heavy furniture is another thing to keep an eye on when you’re spotting potential danger signs. In the even of very severe weather, heavy or tall furniture can become a hazard. Make sure you secure things like bookshelves or cabinets to the wall, and leave some space between those items and doors or windows. Kits to secure your furniture can be easily purchased in home improvement stores or online, and are easy to use, so don’t wait!

Invest in your roof

It might seem like overkill to have your roof inspected and maintained every single year, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially as you move into the time of year where heavy winds and hail become more common. Summer storms can pack a serious punch, so make sure your roof is ready for it and won’t be sustaining extra damage or even letting water come into your home from above.

All of these tips are useful when it comes to preparing for rough summer weather, but there’s more to come, so please stay tuned! In the meantime, if you have additional questions or are already dealing with water or storm damage, feel free to contact the Flood Medix. Our team is quick, efficient, and will have you back on the way to a relaxing summer in no time.