The weather during summer is something to behold. It’s mostly those beautiful long, sunny days, ones we’re able to go outdoors and look fabulous, but then every now and again, we’re subjected to an almighty summer thunderstorm. Whether you love them or loathe them, they are just a fact of summer! While it can be enjoyable to spend an hour or two on the porch, watching the storm do its thing from a distance, things get slightly less comfortable when it’s right over our property. That’s when the damage is done. Below, we take a look at a few ways you can ensure you and your property come through the storm unscathed.
Check the Roof
All that rain that goes along with the thunderstorm has to enter your home somehow. The most common method is through your roof, which, if you haven’t checked up on its condition in a while, is probably more vulnerable than you imagine. So when the sun is shining, get up there – or hire a professional to get up there – and check to see if there are any weak spots. It’s much easier to fix a roof when the weather is glorious, rather than wait until it’s been further damaged by a storm….
Watch Out For Troublemakers
It’s not just the storm itself that you need to look out for. In most cases, the damage to your home will be caused by things that have been manipulated by the storm, such as an overhanging branch or garden furniture. As such, the best way to protect your home is to limit the impact that these troublemakers can have. Branches, in particular, can be especially damaging; one that falls can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage. Much easier to get it removed before the storm arrives!
Get What’s Rightfully Yours
Of course, you can’t always prevent storm damage. It’s going to happen from time to time. When it does, you’ll want to ensure that it’s not more damaging than you anticipated. You can do this by ensuring you have the right insurance, and claiming what’s rightfully yours. And it’s not just the significant damage that you can claim for, either – you might be surprised at what’s covered; food in your fridge is personal property, and if you had to away your food due to an electricity outage, then you may be reimbursed for its cost. Your personal property might be damaged during the storm, but knowing you’ll receive money for it will lessen the blow.
Repairing Any Damage
As soon as the storm has passed, you’ll want to check your property for damage and get it repaired as soon as possible. If you don’t, your home will have a vulnerability that will only get worse the next time a storm passes through your town.
Stock Up On Supplies
A storm can last hours, and in some cases, more than a day. As such, make sure you have board games, food supplies, and anything else you think you’ll need to make it through the stormy weather unscathed before it arrives.