How to Prepare Your Tennessee Home for Possible Storms
It’s spring time in Tennessee which means blooming flowers, birds chirping and severe weather. We’ve already had more than our fair share of severe storms, tornadoes and high winds this spring but it’s not over yet. With more storms on the way, it’s important to protect your home in the best way you can.
Here are some tips to protect your home for possible storms:
Trim Your Trees.
When high winds hit, loose or dead tree limbs can go flying. This can cause damage to your home with windows being especially vulnerable. Trim these trees and clear any dead or loose limbs before bad weather hits.
Clean Your Gutters.
This is something you should be doing regularly but, if you’re not, now is the time. Cleaning out your gutters allows them to do their job without overflowing and creating a larger problem. Home Depot has great tips for cleaning them the right way.
Check Your Shingles.
When you know bad weather is on the way, give your shingles a once over. If they’re damaged or missing, try to take care of that before the weather strikes. If shingles are damaged, they’re more likely to come loose with high winds and storms. If they’re missing, you can expect the possibility of worse damage
While you’re at it, check your siding for the same thing.
Secure Fences and Outdoor Furniture.
This one is a no brainer but we’d be remiss to not mention it. Check your fence all the way around to ensure it’s secured before big storms. Check your outdoor furniture also. If you have anything that could come loose, bring it into a screened-in porch or your garage if you’re able.
Check Your Roof.
Your roof is a crucial part of keeping your home safe during major storms. This is easy access for water to get in if there is already damage or leaks. If you can’t do this yourself, ask your Synergy Realty Network agent to recommend someone to check your roof out.
Keep an Emergency Kit.
If strong storms are headed our way, it’s important to have an emergency kit on hand to keep you and your family safe. Find tips for creating one here and don’t forget about your animals. Make sure their microchip information is up-to-date, that they have collars with identifying tags and that you have a leash or carrier ready in case you need to find shelter.
In the event that bad weather is imminent, have your phone charged (and a back-up charger ready!) and have multiple ways to get alerts (Emergency app on your phone, battery-powered radio, etc).