Everyone loves the warmer weather arriving – it’s finally time to head outside, light up the grill, and enjoy the great outdoors. However, spring and summer also bring the threat of the storm season. Being unprepared for thunderstorms and more can end up costing homeowners a lot of money. Check out our tips below to stay ahead of the weather and save on expensive repairs!

  1. Trim back trees. Falling limbs are one of the biggest causes of power outages during storms. Do a walkthrough of your yard to check for any overhanging branches that could pose a threat. If there are any trees that have a noticeable amount of fallen branches underneath them, that’s a sign that there could be more dead wood above. Pruning these back now can save you hassle and money later on.
  2. Clean gutters. Your gutters are likely clogged after the fall and winter. It’s imperative to clean out your drainage system to ensure that water flows away from your house. A gutter that has overflown or pulled away from the roof is the last thing any homeowner wants to deal with during a storm.
  3. Invest in a sump pump. Groundwater can pose a serious threat, especially if you have finished basement. Even if a storm doesn’t directly submerge your basement, you may experience flooding after the fact from rising water levels. Having a functioning sump pump on hand can help you avoid ruined furniture and flooring, as well as prevent mold problems.
  4. Get your yard properly graded and landscaped. If water runs towards your house rather than away from it, you need to solve these grading issues before spring rains make them a bigger concern. Flower beds can be culprits in preventing proper drainage in your yard. Experts recommend putting 3-4 inches of organic mulch in beds where water may. Loosening compacted soil can also help solve issues with standing water.
  5. Make sure all outdoor furnishings are secured or have a safe place to be stored during rough weather. High winds already cause enough damage on their own – no one wants to compound these dangers with a flying deck chair. Make sure that your backyard furniture is either secured well or are put up before storms hit.
  6. Check for leaks before the rain. Give your roof a once over to look for damaged or loose shingles that could cause damage and fix them before your roof begins to leak. Also be sure to seal any windows that may appear to have damaged or heat-shrunk caulking. Cracks in paint around outdoor trim can also allow water into the wood – a fresh coat of paint will both brighten your home and prevent wood rot.
  7. Turn off automated sprinklers. Don’t add to the problem of a soaked yard! Turning off these systems will save you money as well.
  8. If you have a pool, lower the water levels. Although it is often overlooked, the chlorine in your pool can cause havoc if you do experience flooding. Reducing your water levels during the storm season can keep you from making your water problems worse and help prevent chemical damage to your lawn.
  9. Have an emergency kit ready. This should include power outage basics like batteries, flashlights, and a first aid kit. You should also consider keeping items like a battery powered radio and some emergency rations on hand just in case of severe weather.
  10. Consider flood insurance. Even if you don’t live in a flood-prone area, you can still experience this devastating natural disaster. Having flood insurance can keep you from losing your home, something that is worth the cost in the long run.