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We have been in the middle of the rainy season for a couple of months now, so if you haven’t weatherproofed your home yet, now is the time to get it done! July can still bring strong storms, and if your home isn’t properly prepared, unexpected damage can happen. Here are a few tips to make your home better prepared for strong weather:

One of the most common home issues we see is leaking water. When there is heavy rains, water can seep into your home through the foundation and cause significant damage to the home and your personal belongings. To help prevent this, make sure that your gutters are in good shape, and that they are clean of debris.  This will ensure that water can travel through them easily to the downspout.  Secondly, make sure each downspout is in good shape and positioned correctly.  If you need to, pour a big cups of water down each downspout and make sure that the water is running off properly, and not pooling next to the foundation.

Check all of your windows, especially basement windows for water leaks.  You can do this by pouring a large bucket of water right outside the window. If it is leaking, call a professional to asses the leak and to get options for repair.

Trim tree branches that can cause damage.  If you have large, unstable branches hanging over your house, driveway or power lines, make sure to get them trimmed.  It only takes 50 to 60 mph winds for these branches to break, and they can damage your roof, car or other property when they fall.

Use surge protectors.  One lightning strike can ruin hundreds or even thousands of dollars of electronics in your home. Make sure that all of your devices are plugged into search protectors, NOT JUST POWER STRIPS!

For more tips on weatherproofing your home, give us a call at 785.320.7977.