Prepare for storms
You can't stop April showers, but you can prepare your home and surroundings for thunderstorms, severe winds and more.
Spring is known for its rapidly changing weather — and that can mean severe storms. Help get your home and family ready with these tips.
Let it flow. Remove winter's debris from your gutters, drains, and downspouts so that heavy rains can flow freely off your roof. Be sure that downspouts are secure and that water is draining well away from your home and not toward your foundation — add extensions if necessary.
Trim the trees. Prune lanky limbs and branches so they don't snap off in a windstorm and land on your home or a power line.
Check the pump. If your home has a sump pump, test it to make sure it's clean and operable and that the outflow is draining properly. Consider adding a battery-powered backup sump pump to keep the system working if the power goes out. Furthermore, an automatic standby generator can ensure your sump pump and other electrical systems continue to run during power outages.
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