Home Maintenance Tips for the Summer
June 1 marks the start of hurricane season. If you live in a hurricane region, start preparing by purchasing storm shutters or plywood to cover windows, clearing debris from your gutters and cleaning up any clutter around your yard.
To help reduce water damage if your home is flooded during a summer storm, elevate the following items:
This not only can prevent damage but reduces the risk of a short circuit fire and hastens the cleanup and repair process. The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes recommends that all electrical system components be raised at least a foot above the 100-year flood level, as determined by the National Flood Insurance Program.
The risk isn't necessarily over once a storm has passed. Stay informed by monitoring local news updates, and be on the lookout for downed power lines or gas leaks. Consider having a professional inspect your home for damage, gas leaks or electrical problems.
Summer storms can bring damaging winds. To protect yourself and your property, consider that:
Many people believe the myth that duct tape or window film can protect windows during storms. They don’t. Instead, protect windows with shutters, wood or another solid material.
Go Tapeless Campaign (Federal Alliance for Safe Homes)
Safe Rooms (Federal Alliance for Safe Homes)
Safety Tips During High Wind Weather (U.S. Air Force)
Regular maintenance can prevent water damage, rot and mold, and prevent the need for costly repairs in the future.
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