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Crazy Lazy Hazy Days of Summer Storms!

June 25th, 2013

At long last, summer is here full tilt! Days on the lake, camping and hiking, and evenings on the deck. That’s why we love it here in Wisconsin. Of course, all that fun doesn’t come without a risk or two, namely summer storms. Thunder and lightning are nature’s versions of heavy metal music and spectacular laser light shows. And don’t forget the drenching rains, high winds and maybe an occasional tornado. Sound intimidating? It can be if you aren’t prepared.

By taking a few simple precautions and being prepared, you can reduce risk and inconvenience, while bringing your summer stress level way down. It’s as easy as 1-2-3…and maybe 4, 5 or 6. Well, you get the idea.

  • Keep a battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio handy. It will let you know if there is a storm brewing out there.
  • Have several flashlights around the house – with fresh batteries.
  • Keep your cell phone fully charged.
  • Have a list of emergency phone numbers handy.
  • If you have your own well with an electric pump, it’s a good idea to have a supply of fresh drinking water and some water stored for flushing toilets. Sometimes power can be out for hours; sometimes even several days.
  • Secure patio furniture before a storm. In high winds, they can become projectiles.

We have some tips for how you can reduce water damage, wind damage and risk of fire damage too. They’re all simple things just about any homeowner can do. The most basic steps will help keep water out of your house when storms hit.

  • Keep your gutters clean! On just a 1,000 square foot roof, a one-inch rain yields about 620 gallons of water running off your roof. You do NOT want that running into your house.
  • Be sure landscaping next to the house slopes away from the foundation. Remember, water runs downhill.
  • Keep tree branches trimmed off your roof. Limbs that rub on shingles shorten their life and can allow rain into your home. Your roof is your first line of defense against rain damage.
  • When there is a power outage, don’t use candles for lighting. Candles have a flame and an open flame can set your house on fire. Get some battery- powered lamps. They’re safer and give off a lot more light.

Of course, there are no guarantees when it comes to protecting your home. But if you do suffer storm damage, water damage or damage from fire and smoke, you know who to call – ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning. It’s what we do!


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