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How To Protect & Defend Your Home Against Destructive Weather

November 7th, 2019 1:30 PM by MARGARET MICHELLE WILLIAMSON


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How to Protect and Defend Your Home Against Destructive Weather

 

From severe storms to relentless heat, weather can wreak havoc on your home. Over the years, your home will endure some brutal conditions that can shorten the lifespan of many components, including your roof, siding, and windows. Not only that, but floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes can cause irreparable damage to your investment in a very short amount of time. Here are some effective ways to protect your house from the destructive forces of nature.

 

Wind and Rain

 

Wind and rain can cause all kinds of damage to your home. For example, rainwater leaking into your home can lead to costly repairs. Waterproofing your home and ensuring adequate drainage of water off your property will help prevent these problems. So, keep your gutters clean, ensure your downspouts are functioning, seal your windows and doors, and keep your roof in top condition. Similarly, you can protect your home from damage caused by heavy winds by maintaining nearby trees and checking your roof for loose or missing shingles regularly.

 

If your home has sustained damage from wind or rain, make sure to have repairs done as quickly as possible to prevent further damage. Moisture in your home can lead to structural damage, including wood rot, mold, and cracks in your foundation, so it’s best to tackle problems fast. According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost to make these types of repairs range from $2,269 to $13,623, depending on the severity of the damage. You can avoid expensive repairs completely by taking preventive measures to protect your home from the elements.

 

Lightning

 

Lightning can also cause extensive damage to your home. A lightning strike to the outside of your home can set fire to flammable materials or damage gas piping, possibly causing explosions. When lightning strikes a home, it often travels through exterior conductive material and can jump to the home’s electrical system. This can damage home appliances and even ignite fires inside. Protect your home from lightning with a lightning rod or grounding system. If your home is struck by lightning, call the fire department to come to assess your property for damage and check for potential fire hazards.

 

Hurricanes and Tornadoes

 

Natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes bring all kinds of dangerous weather hazards that can cause damage to your home. Severe winds, for example, can strip the shingles off your roof, break your windows, and topple trees on your property. Safeguard your home from hurricane-force winds by anchoring outdoor items or bringing them inside, trimming trees near your home, and inspecting your roof. Flooding is one of the greatest hurricane hazards. To prevent flood damage, CNBC recommends ensuring that the ground surrounding your home slopes away from your foundation and checking that your sump pump is working properly to remove any water that gets into your basement.

 

Extreme Heat

 

While water and wind can cause all kinds of damage to your home, so can high temperatures. Your roof is especially susceptible to sun damage, so Able Roof recommends choosing a roofing material that is built to withstand high heat and UV exposure. For example, metal roofing tends to hold up better against heavy sunlight than common asphalt roofing. Hot, humid weather can also damage hardwood floors in your home, so install a whole-home humidifier to keep your humidity levels under control during the summer.

 

Houses are built to withstand regular wear and tear over time, but they aren’t always designed to hold up against serious weather conditions. Older homes, in particular, tend to be especially susceptible to damage during storms. Take steps to protect your investment now so you can prevent the need for expensive repairs in the future.

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Posted by MARGARET MICHELLE WILLIAMSON on November 7th, 2019 1:30 PM

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