Preparing For The Stormy Weather In Your New Home
Storms are no exception in Oklahoma City and they can strike at any time. Advance thinking and preparation before a storm hits can help prevent major damage to your home and save you money as well.
Storms are highly destructive; they cause floods, mudslides and accidents that can damage your home. It helps to cover the costs of repairs to your home by buying homeowners insurance. However, you need to think about preventative measures to safeguard your family and your property when a natural disaster like a storm strikes.
You might not be able to control weather conditions, but you can definitely control how you and your family prepare and respond to stormy weather no matter what the forecast. Here are some tips from Crestone Ridge that will help you prepare for stormy weather in your new custom home in OKC.
Different ways to prepare your new home in Oklahoma City for stormy weather:
1. Clean Up Outdoor Areas
Your outdoors may be cluttered with lawn furniture, small potted plants, sports equipment, etc. Clean up the outdoor spaces before the storm strikes. A heavy storm will turn these items into flying objects, damaging your house.
2. Storm Shutters Are Necessary
No amount of preventative measures will be enough unless you protect your windows. Stormy winds and torrential rains can damage glass window panes. You can add a layer of protection to your glass windows by installing impact-resistant storm shutters.
3. Trim Big Trees
Survey your yard and the immediate surroundings to identify trees that can potentially damage your house during a storm. Trees bear the worst impact of a storm; their branches can snap or the trees themselves can get uprooted from the ground and come crashing on your house structure. This can result in damage to your house, outdoor living features or the fencing and can collapse on your driveway or pathways. Trim large branches to prevent this from occurring.
4. Install Standby Power Equipment
One of the worst impacts of a storm is on the electricity to your home. The power lines can snap due to branches that collapse on them or the transformer can blow. This results in a major power outage. One way to ensure you have power at all times is to get a home generator installed. The generator will get switched on automatically in case there is an interruption in power from the mains. This will ensure you have a seamless power supply in your home even during stormy weather.
5. Safeguard Your Home From Flood
Flooding is a common occurrence after heavy rainfall and can be extremely damaging to homes. Water damage affects the foundation of your house and reduces the value of your property. Dry and wet flood-proofing are two options to save from the damage. In dry flood-proofing, the foundation is made waterproof with concrete, and in wet flood-proofing, changes are made to allow floodwater to exit your house to minimize the damage.
For any information about our custom homes in Yukon OK call Crestone Ridge at (405) 204-0678.