Climate change is causing more intense storms more frequently.
Here are four important steps to prepare your home.
Is this actually happening?
The Texas winter storm of 2021 led to millions without power for weeks and dozens of casualties. The economic impact of the storm was estimated to be $130 billion. Read more about it here.
As severe weather gets more frequent and destructive, a huge part of the damage is the cost. There are steps you can take to mitigate your financial loss.
What steps can I take to prepare?
- Know the layout of your house and have tools handy.
- In case of pipes bursting knowing the layout of your home and having the tools to mitigate the damage could save you money.
- Labeling pipes and circuit brakers is a good idea too.
- You could even get your floorplan or blueprints for your house from the original contractor or at local municipal archives.
- Buy flood insurance
- Standard homeowners insurance usually covers just about everything, except floods.
- Sea surges from hurricanes are a major threat to people living in coastal areas.
- Fortify your roof
- Your roof is “the first line of defense for windstorms.”
- You can purchase hurricane straps to reinforce the connection between the roof and exterior.
- Establish a “defensible space” from wildfires
- It is advised that you maintain a 0-5 foot gap between your home and potential ignition zones.
- Ignition zones are places that could catch fire easily like pine straw or mulch.