April showers bring May flowers, but sometimes those April showers can turn into downpours. Because of the unpredictability of the weather, it’s important to prepare your home to minimize the risk to your property and family. Among the most common of severe weather types during the spring months are thunderstorms, which might be accompanied by flooding, lightning and tornado’s. Needless to say, your home can get quite a beating during such storms, so some preparation is important.
Inspect Your Roof
The winter months can take their toll on any roof, no matter how new or well-maintained it is. The most important step of all, you should make sure to thoroughly check your roof for any exterior damage. Missing or cracked shingles should be replaced as soon as possible, otherwise your home could develop a leak and, consequently, severe damage during the next spring rainstorm. If you don’t feel comfortable getting up on the ladder yourself, call someone sooner rather than later.
If you live in a remote area where severe weather is commonplace during the spring, you may find yourself unable to get out of the house for some days. Severe storms and the consequent flooding and felled trees can block roads, and it can sometimes be quite a few days before things get back to normal. Because of that, it’s a good idea to always keep a few days’ supply of food and water along with any other essentials, such as personal hygiene items. Better safe than sorry.
Install a Sump Pump
If your house is in an area where there is a high risk of flooding, you should consider getting a sump pump installed. The pump should ideally be turned on before the storm actually hits so that it will channel water away from your home and prevent damage to the foundations in cases of severe flooding. A sump pump will also help to keep your basement dry in such situations.
Get New Gutters
Some gutters cannot handle intense downpours. Or, if they’re clogged, they can cause major damage to your home and roof from still water. Our gutters are guaranteed to never clog, and they’ve been tested to handle 32 inches of rain per hour, which is three times more than the heaviest rainfall ever recorded by the U.S. Weather Bureau. That way, no matter what Mother Nature throws your way, you’ll be ready.