How to Prepare Your Home for Summer Storms

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The summer season brings heat, sunshine, and, of course, the threat of severe weather. Surprisingly, summer storms are some of the most dangerous and destructive in all seasons combined. These storms can cause flash flooding, tornadoes, high winds, and even hailstorms, making it all the more important to be prepared and alert should they be in the forecast.

When a summer storm hits, it can cause a lot of damage to your home if you’re not prepared. The first step in preparing for a summer storm is knowing what damage it can cause, such as wind and hail damage, flooding, and power outages. This blog will discuss these damages in detail below and offer summer storm damage tips to ensure you and your property stay safe.

Summer storms can produce high-velocity winds that can impact your property.
Summer storms can produce high-velocity winds that can impact your property.

Wind Damage. If you live in an area prone to high winds, they can wreak havoc on your home during a storm. Even moderate winds can impact your roof, windows, and siding. If a gust of wind is strong enough, they can uproot trees.  

Hail Damage. The small balls of ice, commonly known as hail, can devastate property. Hailstones can range from a few millimeters to several centimeters in size, often falling at high speed.

The most severe hail damage typically occurs during supercell thunderstorms, characterized by large, rotating updrafts or upward air movement. These updrafts can propel hailstones upward before falling back to the ground. When hailstones fall from such great heights, they can acquire enough kinetic energy to create damage. 

Flooding. The combination of heavy rains and strong winds can rapidly overwhelm storm drains, causing water to back up and flood streets and homes. Flash floods can also occur when summer storms move through an area, creating dangerous conditions. They can happen within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall, catching people off-guard. Just six inches of moving water can knock a person down, and two feet of water can sweep a vehicle away.

It’s also important to know that most typical home insurance policies don’t include flood insurance. Talk with your agent about adding this important coverage if you live in a high-risk area.

Power Outages. Power outages are sometimes the result of a summer storm. Outages can last for hours, days, or even weeks due to downed power lines. A lack of electricity can be a problem for those who rely on electrical medical equipment and those who live in hot weather regions where air conditioning is necessary. Power outages can cause food spoilage, water shortages, and transportation disruptions. 

Summer storms can also cause widespread damage to the electrical grid, leading to long-term power outages. Not having power can affect an entire community, causing business closures and a loss of income for residents. 

A severe thunderstorm, also known as an electrical storm or a lightning storm, is most likely to occur in the summer months and during the afternoon and evening hours. 

How to Prepare for the Storm Season

Every year, summer storms can take homeowners by surprise. While people may assume they are adequately prepared for severe weather, they often scramble to take the necessary precautions when a storm hits. Don’t let this happen to you. Here are some tips to keep in mind when preparing for a summer storm. 

Have an emergency kit on hand in the event of an emergency.

Managing Summer Storm Damage

As summer approaches, many homeowners start to prepare for bad weather. While it’s important to be ready for storms, it’s also important to know what to do if damage occurs. Here are some tips on how to deal with summer storm damage.

Many resources are available to help you deal with the damage caused by a summer storm. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides information on preparing for and responding to severe weather and other disasters. Your local Red Cross chapter can also assist if a storm damages your home.

Summer storms can be dangerous, but by staying prepared, you can minimize the damage they leave behind. Be sure to follow these tips and have a plan in place so you can manage the aftermath without feeling overwhelmed or stressed.

For Professional Damage Restoration, Call the PuroClean Remediation Experts!

The recovery process after damage caused by severe weather can be challenging. If you require assistance restoring your property after unpredictable summer storms, contact a professional damage restoration company like PuroClean. We have the experience and equipment to get your home to its pre-loss condition. To reach our team 24/7, please call (800) 775-7876.

Last edited on 26th of July 2022