In addition to summer in Texas getting hot, it can also get stormy. You don’t want to simply hope for the best and avoid doing any preparations. The more prepared you are, the better off you’ll be if a storm does hit. Here are five ways you can prepare for Texas summer storms.
Clean and Maintain Your Gutters
Summer can mean storms and when this happens, you want your gutters to be clear of debris so that water can be run through smoothly and down the drain pipe without a problem. In addition to clearing out all leaves and other gunk that might be jamming up the gutters, you might want to make sure the downspout is far enough away from the house. If the water is letting out too close to your house, it can damage the foundation of your house. You can get drain pipe extenders to take care of this issue if necessary.
Trim the Trees
During a wind storm branches and trees are likely to fall. To avoid having damage done to your (or your neighbor’s) car, house, or other property, take the time to trim your trees. If you want to go a step farther to protect yourself and those around you, you can hire an arborist to inspect your trees and identify any that might pose a problem during a storm.
Maintain and Protect Your Foundation
It’s a good idea to inspect your foundation in case there are areas that need to be repaired before storm season. You might want to get a professional to look at your foundation if you’ve never had that done. As mentioned above, making sure rainwater drains far away from your house is important for keeping your foundation at its best. You should also repair any loose siding where water may seep in and soak the foundation. Having dirt and/or dense vegetation against your home can also create conditions that allow the foundation to become moist for a long period and therefore become weakened. You want to make sure the ground doesn’t slope toward the foundation. If it does, that’s where the water will go and that’s a recipe for foundation disaster.
Back Up Your Sump Pump
Sump pumps collect excess water from around your home into a sump basin and pump it out when it becomes full. A sudden surge of water during a rainstorm can cause your sump pump to be overloaded. When this happens it can cause a flooded basement. Installing a battery backup unit above the primary one is an important thing to do for backing up a sump pump. When the primary pump can’t handle the amount of water, the backup will kick in.
Secure Your Yard
In addition to trimming trees on your property, there are other things you should make sure are storm ready. Check all fence posts and if any are loose, have them replaced or repaired. Strong winds will knock loose ones out and cause damage. When you have warning that a storm may be approaching, no matter how mild, secure, or take inside, children’s toys, lawn furniture, and even potted plants.
Don’t get caught dealing with a storm without being prepared! Protect your home this summer by making those preparations.