Your home has the important role of protecting you from severe weather, so it’s crucial to make sure it’s prepared for the elements. Here are a few easy ways you can ensure your home is ready for the unpredictability of Mother Nature.
Inspect your roof
Your roof is the first line of defense protecting you from inclement weather. Completing a simple roof inspection does not necessarily require climbing on your roof – you can start from inside your home. Water spots on your ceiling are a strong indicator of a roof leak. If you notice curled or bent shingles, large amounts of vegetative growth, standing water, rust or rot around your chimney, your roof may need professional attention. White Oak is a trusted provider of high-quality roofing replacement services that provide superior weather protection.
Keep your yard clean
Most storm damage comes from trees and branches that are knocked over by strong winds. Regularly maintain the trees on your property, pick up debris in your yard, and be sure to remove garden and lawn decorations if you know a storm is coming. If you have trees that are close to your house and could pose problems during a storm, consider having them removed.
Check your gutters
Your gutters should be securely attached to your house so they do not fly off during a storm. Without them, runoff water from your roof will not be safely removed from your house and will cause water damage. Make sure to double check that your gutters are free of buildup so water can properly flow out. If your gutters need replaced, our White Oak signature high-capacity Weather Defender Rain Gutters will give you ultimate protection and prevent clogging from leaves and debris.
Secure windows, doors and outdoor furniture
If you know a severe storm is coming, protecting your home with extra reinforcement is highly advised. Moving cars to safer locations, like a garage, and securing or storing outdoor furniture will prevent them breaking, flying away or hitting your house. You can also cover your windows and doors with plywood or plastic shields as an extra precaution.
Have a plan for power outages
Severe weather can cause power outages that last for several days. Stocking up on batteries, flashlights, and solar chargers, and having a generator that’s ready to go, will help ensure you have light and access to a little bit of energy while you wait for power to turn back on. Also make sure you have enough food and water to last a few days if road conditions are unsafe for travel.