The winter is over, spring is in full bloom and the ‘official’ summer is right around the corner. All you have to worry about weather-wise for the next few months is that you’ve safety checked your barbecue grill and that you have the right kind of sunscreen. All that lies ahead now is months and months of glorious sun. And if you are in the process of selling your Waterloo Region home it’s a great time – especially since your outdoor decor will look so fabulous in the summer sunshine.
Except we all know very well that that’s not the case. With the summer sun also come the summer storms. And sometimes they are more than just a nuisance, they can be downright dangerous and damaging. There have been some really nasty storms in our region over the course of the last few summers and the damage they did to some homes was extensive, to say the least.
While we are certainly hoping there is not a repeat of those weather conditions this year it’s a sure thing that there will be at least one or two nasty summer storm events and any of them can cause damage as they usually bring heavy rain, high wind, and dangerous lightning with them that can be a threat to both your home and your family.
As always though a little prevention and preparation can go a long way when it comes to protecting your property, yourself and your loved ones from the ravages of a summer storm. Here is a basic, but very important, list of summer storm preparation tips:
- Take pictures of both the inside and outside of your property as they look at the beginning of the summer. Make sure they are time and date stamped and that you store digital copies somewhere in the ‘cloud’. Google Drive and Dropbox are both great choices and both are offered free of charge. With the pictures stored there, you will still have access to them even if your home, and/or home electronics are damaged.
- If you have a generator make sure it is serviced before storm season begins. If you don’t have a generator you should seriously consider making the investment in one. They range, depending on size, from between $300-$2,000 at home stores like Home Depot and this relatively modest investment can be a real lifesaver.
- Have an emergency plan in place should a bad storm hit. Make sure you decide where you would go and how you would get there. In addition, in terms of ‘first aid’ for your home check your insurance coverages and explore your local options for water and fire damage emergency services. Once you have found a reputable company, keep their number handy, just in case. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, even if it seems a bit morbid to plan for a disaster.
- Make sure overhanging trees are trimmed back and that patio/deck furniture is either secured or is placed in an open area away from windows and doors.
As even the insurance companies refer to a summer storm as ‘an act of God’ you can’t prevent or even completely predict when one will hit, but you can at least be as prepared to ride it out as safely as possible.