During the spring here in the Midwest, all homeowners should begin thinking ahead about preparing for storm season. We can all expect severe weather to be here before we know it. Whether it’s flooding, tornados, hail or high winds, there are things all homeowners should be doing to prepare and protect their home from storm season.
At ServiceOne, we know exactly what precautions homeowners should be taking to keep their home safe this storm season. Here are some tips from the experts to help you prepare your home for heavy rain and other storms in the upcoming months.
Create a plan
The first thing to do when preparing for storm season is to create a plan to protect your family and your home. Creating a set plan will help ensure you and your family are safe when the storm hits. The Storm and Damage Center states it is necessary for you to create a family plan. Start by finding a safe area where the whole family can meet if you are separated. Do not just share this with the family members in your home, tell out-of-state relatives. That way if they need to reach out, they know where to locate you.
Learn what to do and avoid for each storm
The Midwest is known to have severe thunderstorms each year. Here’s what to do in the case of a thunderstorm.
Take shelter immediately in a location away from windows.
Avoid going outdoors because you could get struck by lightning.
Avoid using any electrical devices like telephones.
Use battery-powered TVs and radios.
Do not take a bath, shower and avoid using plumbing.
If you are driving, pull over and let the storm pass. Avoid touching any metal surfaces.
Tornadoes make their way through the Midwest every summer. When there is a tornado in your area, it’s important to take proper precautions. Here’s what to do when a tornado is in your area.
Choose a location on the lowest floor of your home with no windows like a basement, storm cellar or interior room.
If you live in a mobile home, find a sturdy building!
Watch for tornado signs. Look for dark, greenish clouds and wall clouds.
If you are outside, find shelter and stay away from bridges and highway overpasses.
With heavy rains comes a possibility of flooding. In 2019, Nebraska and Iowa experienced devastating flooding that affected many. Here’s what to do during a flood.
Turn off water and electricity until officials say it is safe.
Boil all water until officials say it is safe to drink.
Do not use gas or electrical appliances that have been flooded.
Do not consume food that has come in contact with floodwater.
Other storm protection maintenance
On top of knowing what to do during specific storm situations, it’s also vital that homeowners are performing maintenance to ensure their home stays safe. Here are some maintenance tips all homeowners should be doing this spring:
Inspect Sump Pump
To ensure your home stays safe during high rains and flooding conditions, all homeowners should get their sump pump inspected. Spring is the perfect time to do so as rainstorms tend to begin towards the end of April and into May. Have a professional come and make sure it’s working properly to avoid any disasters from happening within your home.
Stay on top of your electrical system
Another thing to keep in mind is your home’s electrical system. There’s nothing worse than having the power go out in your home and not being prepared. Home generators are great when power goes out as they supply your home with backup energy. If you have any questions regarding home generators, don’t be afraid to ask!
Storms can be dangerous and do much damage to any home. However, when homeowners are actively preparing for storm season and performing maintenance to protect their home, they can prevent disasters from happening. Use these tips to protect your home from storms this summer.
At ServiceOne, we offer a variety of home services to help keep your home safe and protected. To learn more about our services, visit our website or contact us today!