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7 ways to protect your home from storms this summer

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Storms can cause a lot of damage to your home if you don't take the right measures to protect it. Some of the problems associated with storms are water damage to your home, broken windows, power outages and even fires. The damage done to your home could cost you a lot of money to fix. However there are ways to prevent that from happening which are actually quite simple and doesn't cost a lot of money. Together with tips on how to protect your home from thunderstorms, we have also included links and tags which you can follow to gather more ideas and information. Please leave us a comment at the end if the article has been helpful. 

1. Unclog the gutters

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Sandarbh Design Studio

Kannan—Sonali and Gaurav's residence

Sandarbh Design Studio

Gutters that are clogged up often contribute to water overflow and this could penetrate into the foundation of your house. Clogged gutters can also cause water damage to your walls and damage them. In order to unclog the gutters, just remove all the debris and then flush it with a water hose. For more information, please refer to our article called how to protect the house from the wind.

2. Trim the trees

During thunderstorms tree branches and large tree limbs tend to break away and fall which can cause a lot of damage to your roof, windows and the house in general. It can also be a threat to the security of the residents. So make sure you always keep the trees in the garden trimmed, especially the ones near the roof and windows. Please also read getting to the root of your tree removal problem.

3. Install a drain to keep water away

A good drainage system is essential in stormy weather in order to prevent flooding. We highly recommend installing a French drain (which is named after the guy who invented it, not the country) to be completely safe. Basically a French drain is a slightly sloped trench filled with gravel and a pipe which diverts water away from the house. It's best to consult with an expert to enquire about installing one. 

4. Prepare for power outages

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Thunderstorms often can cause power outages which can last for hours. Sometimes this can be a danger to your health, especially if it is 49 degrees outside. Food which needs to be refrigerated will also get spoiled and wasted. In order to avoid this, it is best to invest in a generator. Take note that generators vary by wattage output, so consider how much of power you need to keep your household running. For more ideas, have a look at 8 simple tips to prevent food from smelling in summer.

5. Keep your insurance updated

Fires can cause a lot of irreversible and expensive damage to your home so make sure you keep your insurance up to date. Ensure that your house insurance covers damage caused by disasters such as thunderstorms, floods and fires. Always read the fine print. For more ideas, please refer to our article titled 7 smart home designs for hot and humid Indian weather.

6. Keep fire extinguishers ready

Farmhouse at Panchgani:  Country house by Mu design
Mu design

Farmhouse at Panchgani

Mu design

Fire extinguishers can save lives in the case of a fire so make sure you have a few on standby. You also need to check on them every once in a while to make sure the seal is still tight and that they're not expired. Also check that the locking pin is intact and pressure indicator is pointing to full. For more ideas, please also read how to protect your home in winter.

7. Secure your windows and doors

Kannan - Sonali and Gaurav's residence:  Windows by Sandarbh Design Studio
Sandarbh Design Studio

Kannan—Sonali and Gaurav's residence

Sandarbh Design Studio

Windows and doors can often get damaged in thunderstorms. The best way to avoid this is to install weather-proof windows and doors which are durable enough to withstand harsh climates and weather. Good quality windows and doors will also prevent the wind from damaging your home. For more ideas, check out 10 window grille designs to protect your home (and they are beautiful).

We hope this article has been informative. See you again next time!

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