Preparing your home and property for a storm is very important.
Preparing your home and property for storm damage is important. Just about every region has some type of weather event that can cause damage. This essay will focus on hurricane damage, wind damage, hail damage, tornado damage, cold damage, heat damage and how to prepare for each.
While not as prolonged as hurricane winds, thunderstorm winds can also cause significant damage. As the storm approaches it is a good idea to secure as loose object in the yard. Damage can occur as the wind throws these objects at the home. Stay inside though if the storm is already hitting and you don't have time. As with hurricanes, significant damage is caused by fallen tree branches. Make sure tree branches are pruned and the weakest branches removed. If you have time, have the car protected in a garage if possible.
Hail damage is notorious for causing dents on cars and weakening roofs and shingles. If you have time before the storm hits make sure the car is placed in a covered area. After a hail storm, make sure no water is leaking through the roof. An accumulation of wind and hail damage can weaken a roof to the point that leaks develop. When the roof needs replacement consider getting a roof and shingles that better protect from wind and hail damage.
Tornado damage is the most difficult to prepare for since the winds are so extreme that destruction can be very severe even to even well build homes. When a significant tornado approaches the primary thing to do is to protect your life. If a tornado warning is issued or you have evidence a violent storm is approaching, go to center most point in the building such as a closet or bathtub on the lowest flood and while covering yourself crouch down as low as possible. Stay away from windows and listen to battery operated NOAA weather radio for updates. For a weak tornado the home can survive fairly well if it is well build and has a reinforced roof.
Cold and heat damage are preventable in many cases. If there is going to be a freeze make sure vegetation that can't handle a freeze is brought inside or protected so that the temperature will stay above freezing. Make sure to buy outdoor plants that will survive in the long term in your climate. Make sure to go through the necessary precautions to prevent pipes from freezing. If you leave the home make sure it stays heated. Pipes can freeze when the house is not heated and a big cold spell hits. Sun damage can occur to plants that require shade but get an excess of direct sunlight. Keep in mind which places around the home have the most direct sunlight and plant plants accordingly.