20 Feb Protecting Your Home During Thunderstorms
Better protect your property from thunderstorm damage.
Heavy thunderstorms can wreak havoc on a home, potentially causing months and thousands of dollars in repairs. While you cannot control the weather, you can be better prepared for it. Winter isn’t over yet, and we can expect unforeseen storms. As a homeowner, it’s a good idea to be prepared for the worst by getting your home in good condition beforehand. The following tips will help you get started!
Trim or remove trees – Storms can snap off tree breaches, which become flying debris that can damage your property. Get your trees trimmed before the stormy season and cut down any trees that are unwanted.
Bring outdoor furniture inside – If a storm is headed your way, make sure all gardening tools, ladders, barbeque grills, sports equipment, and furniture are brought indoors. A heavy windstorm could pick up outdoor items and send them flying.
Inspect the roof – Check that the shingles on the roof are in good condition. Replace any damaged shingles and use tar or sealants around the vents, roof seams, and flashing for chimneys. Cracks in the roof can lead to flood damage, so it is worth ensuring your roof is prepared for a storm.
Install a surge protector – Electrical lines become increasingly vulnerable during a thunderstorm. Lightning strikes can lead to power outages and storms can bring down power lines. To protect your electricals, it is a good idea to put your entire house on a surge protection system. Also, unplug electronic equipment and appliances when not in use.
While you’re at it, review your home insurance coverage as this can help you if a storm does cause any damage. At Dougherty Insurance, we represent multiple carriers and are able to explore all of the best homeowners insurance options. We want to make sure that you have the coverage you need – it’s our job to help you! Contact us today for unparalleled insurance in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana.