Spring storms can cause a number of issues in your home, from fallen tree branches to water damage. With the spring right around the corner, you may want to prepare for the flooding, wind, and lightning to come. Detroit alone faces an average of 33.5 inches of rainfall every year, which could put your foundation and your basement at risk. By preparing for the storms early on, you can minimize the damage done to your property.
Invest In Flood Insurance
This may not sound like spring preparation, but it is a crucial step in protecting your home during major flood months. If a storm gets out of hand and leads to flooding in your home, flood insurance will cover the cost of your water damage repair. If you do not have flood insurance on your home, ask your insurer about your options right away.
Prune Your Trees
Dead or rotting tree branches are susceptible to falling off during spring storms. It is best to cut these off before they fall so they do not crash down on your roofing, windows, siding, or even worse – your family. Proper tree pruning can also improve the way your trees bloom in the heart of spring and summer. If you do not want to tackle this on your own, you can always ask a landscaper to do the work for you.
Use Surge Protectors For Electronic Devices
Replace your standard power strips with surge protectors so your electronics are protected in the middle of a storm. If lightning strikes your roof or a flood occurs in your home, surge protectors will give you the best possible chance of preserving your computer, television, game consoles, and more.
You may also consider unplugging any electronics you are not currently using so they do not have live electrical currents in the middle of a storm.
Prepare An Emergency Kit
You may already have an emergency kit for winter with non-perishable food, water, and first aid supplies for you to use if you get locked in. Keep this kit accessible during the spring as well, but make sure it includes candles/matches or flashlights/batteries if you have a power outage. You won’t have to worry as much about getting trapped in your home during the spring, but you will still need to prepare for potential outages in the future.
Keep an eye on the weather, and do everything you can to prepare for spring storms before they get serious.