Be Prepared for All Types of Weather
New England is a constant cycle of unpredictable weather patterns, so it’s crucial to always be prepared for the unexpected. Whether it’s freezing temperatures causing frozen pipes or a damaging hurricane that can impact the structure of your home, the most important thing you and your family can do is be proactive.
JP Maguire and Associates has been in business for over 40 years. Our business has a wealth of experience when it comes to weather disasters. In order to be prepared and safe, it’s important to communicate with your family and make sure you have a plan for “what-if” situations. In the event of a house fire, for example, it’s paramount that your family has a fire evacuation plan. To learn more, read our blog, Is Your Family Prepared for a House Fire?
In order to prepare for specific weather events, stay up to date with your local news and weather channel and be ready for potentially dangerous situations.
In addition, there are many things you can do around your house to ensure the safety of your family and home for the longer term.
- Replace or fix shingles: If a shingle is damaged, it’s more likely to break free. If it’s missing, wind can further damage your other shingles.
- Repair loose siding: It’s important to ensure that your siding is up to par and not damaged.
- Keep your gutters clean: Water damage or flooding is one of the quickest ways to devalue your home. Gutters are the first line of defense against water damage so make sure gutters are in good condition.
- Keep your sump pump in working order: A sump pump protections your home and basement from flooding; therefore, always make sure it’s in good condition.
- Ensure proper sealing of doors and windows: Only a small opening is needed for wind to get through, so it is imperative to have proper doors and window seals.
- Check for loose fence posts and yard items: Identify items around your property that could become dangerous—this can include lawn furniture, tools, flowerpots, or other yard debris. Move those items to a garage, a shed, or indoors. Anything loose in your yard is bound to be a liability. Make sure fences are secure, grills, gazebos, and that any other outdoor items are put away and not left out to cause damage.
- Regularly trim your trees: Loose tree limbs can damage your home, a vehicle, and cause harm to people and property. Regularly trimming the trees on your property is great to protect your space.
These maintenance tips don’t require a large amount of effort, and they can be a huge help when it comes to seasonal storms or other natural disasters. To schedule an appointment for a home assessment, please visit our website.