June has not been a fun month for those living in Northern Virginia, at least in terms of the weather. It seems like every week another major thunderstorm system hits the area. At the time of the writing of this blog post, Northern Virginia was set to face another major storm that might become a derecho, given its strength and size. While Northern Virginia might not face a derecho by the time the storm reaches the area, it still will suffer from heavy winds, heavy rain, hail and even a possible tornado.
While time will tell how bad this summer will be in regard to storms, there is no question that Northern Virginia and much of the Mid-Atlantic has seen a flurry of damaging storms in the past few years. The most obvious examples are Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, which have caused billions of dollars across the region, and many people still haven’t quite recovered from the storm yet. Although the severity of the 2013 summer storm season is still unknown, what is known is that you should always be ready, and that means getting your home up for the challenge. Here are a few ways to do just that:
- Don’t assume when it comes to flooding; you know what that’ll make you: Even if you don’t live in an area that is prone to flooding, you never know what Mother Nature will bring in regard to precipitation. Even if you do live in a low-risk flooding area, you still could suffer from flooding damage; 25% of all flood claims are from homeowners who live in low to moderate flood risk areas. Because most insurance policies don’t cover flooding, it might make sense to look into getting flood insurance. For a small fee, you could be covered for as much as $100,000. Given the fact that the average flood claim is $30,000, it might be worthwhile to look into it.
- Once the garage goes, it’s game over: You spent a lot of money for that home in Arlington or Bethesda. Why would you put your home at risk by not fortifying your garage door? You can easily fortify your garage by installing an aluminum brace system that will help the garage door withstand more pressure. If your garage has seen better days, it might make sense to just buy a new garage door. Make sure to buy one that is windowless and can withstand at least 50 pounds of pressure within a square foot.
- Have someone look at your roof: If you haven’t had your roof inspected in a while, it might be advantageous to contact a local northern Virginia roofing company. Storms can cause unseen damage to your roof that you’ll only know when water seeps into your home. By being proactive, you can take care of it before a catastrophe occurs.
These are just a few of the many ways you can keep your home in tip-top shape to protect you and your family from storms this season. By taking action before the storm hits, you’ll be able to have the peace of mind to enjoy the weather when it’s nice – it is summer after all!
About the Author
Mike is an expert in storm preparation for both home owners and businesses.