How to Protect Your Home and Garden from Extreme Weather

If you live in a part of the world that is prone to heavy downpours, you might be wondering what you can do to protect your home and yard when the heavens open. During particularly heavy rainy seasons, homes are susceptible to problems with damp, which can rise through the walls from the ground or penetrate exterior walls and roofs. In some areas, flooding can also be a major concern, especially after prolonged periods of rain or when the weather changes and snow that has been lying on nearby hills and mountains thaws quickly.

People also need to concern themselves with other weather phenomena, such as hurricanes and severe frosts. Hurricanes can cause massive damage to homes and yards while severe frost can lead to damaged pipes and the subsequent flooding of homes. So, is there anything that can be done to protect your home and yard during bad weather? Below are a few ideas.

Check Your Home Regularly

The experts at Global Gutter Systems tell us that many people never check their gutters and pipes, and they fail to attend to any problems that will only get worse in extreme weather conditions. For example, small cracks or leaks in pipes can become massive problems if they freeze during a really cold snap. Or consider the problems that would occur if Rainguard gutters were to completely come away from a home during a heavy downpour, simply because the brackets had come loose. Regular inspections of your home and yard can help you to spot small issues before extreme weather can wreak havoc.

Paint Your Home

Upgrading the paint on the exterior of your home with waterproof paint could prevent damp from seeping into the walls and it can help stop fungal growth. It is best to repair any cracks in the walls before you paint.

Secure Exterior Furnishings

If you are expecting high winds and heavy rain, it may be worthwhile to take some time to go to your yard and secure things like furnishings or(especially) fuel tanks. Stack chairs and cover them with tarpaulin before securing them to an exterior wall. If you have room in an outbuilding, such as a garage or shed, then placing them in there would be preferable.

Protect Plants

The most delicate plants should be covered with a netting or tarpaulin, especially during hard and persistent rain. Taller more hardy plants can be supported with wooden or metal rods. You can also cover your soil with a three-inch layer of mulch to protect the roots of plants from heavy rain and frost.

Check Window and Door Seals

Wind and water can enter a home through gaps in windows and doors, so it is important to ensure that these are fully sealed before the worst of the weather arrives. Older homes are often poorly insulated, but this can be easily remedied. Draft excluders can be attached to the bottoms of doors, and it is possible to replace the seal around windows and doors to prevent moisture from getting inside.

Conclusion

Homes and yards are often damaged during extreme weather conditions such as heavy rain, severe frost, and hurricanes. However, by preparing in advance, you can prevent some of the damage that might otherwise occur. Taking time to inspect your home will allow you to spot things like cracks and leaks in walls and gutters before these become bigger problems.

You can also make sure your home is protected by using waterproof paint on exterior walls and by sealing any gaps around windows and doors.