The arrival of summertime means preparing for warm weather, long days at the beach, sun-kissed skin and care-free feelings. However, the heat of summer also leads to quick precipitation cycles that bring summer storms. Prevent your home from getting damaged or needing roof repairs by being prepared – especially if you live near the coast.
Clean Out Your Gutters
Before the summer storms begin, you want to make sure your gutters are free of debris and anything else that could restrict the flow of water. If water can’t flow properly, your gutters will overflow and leave the rain on your roof with nowhere to go. If your gutters are overflowing, there’s more of a chance that water will get into your home.
Trim Trees Near Your Home
In preparation for storm season, add tree trimming to your preparation list to better protect your home from strong winds and lightning. Sturdy trees near your home are usually okay but need to be trimmed regularly to ensure limbs aren’t touching your house. Also look for dead limbs on trees in your yard that could easily become detached with a large gust of wind.
Grade and Level Your Lawn
Summer storms sometimes come in the form of flash floods. Prevent water from pooling in your lawn and getting close to your front door by grading your yard. You want your yard to have a slight downward slope so that gravity doesn’t bring water into your home. Grade and level your yard by filling in holes to protect your home and foundation.
Have a Plan for Emergencies
In any emergency situation, you should always have a plan of action. Prepare for summer storms by stocking up on non-perishable foods and lots of water for your family and animals. Ensure your family won’t be in the dark in the event of a power outage by having candles, flashlights and, most importantly, batteries that are guaranteed to work. Consider making a kit that is easily accessible in case of an emergency.
Think ahead and prepare your home and family for stormy weather this summer so you don’t get caught in a storm of your own. Our professional roofers at Destin Roofing will check your roof to guarantee your family’s safety before this summer’s storms begin. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for roof repairs or consultations.