Although many homeowners make changes to their home such as additions and improvements, for both their personal interest as well as to increase the value of their home, sometimes changes to a home are made not because homeowners want to, but because they have to. Harsh weather conditions can leave the outside parts of a home severely damaged or broken, despite how quickly the harsh weather may come and go. While some homeowners expect to experience weather conditions based upon where they live and the time of year, the weather can be sneaky and locations that usually aren’t affected by certain weather patterns may receive an unexpected and unwelcoming visit. One such location is New York. Residents have experienced various types of weather conditions including heavy thunderstorms, tornadoes and blizzards, which have resulted in damage to their homes.
Heavy rain and thunderstorms
While some may argue that it’s just heavy rain that’s falling, heavy rain can drastically affect a home. Heavy rain can cause basements to flood, rot wooden furniture and cause mold to grow. But, sometimes what starts as heavy rain can turn into a thunderstorm, which can be more threatening to a home since lightening is involved. Lightening can strike outside parts of a home as well as outside objects, such as trees and cable lines. When lightning strikes these objects, it causes them to fall, in which they may fall onto the home, resulting in damage.
Tornadoes are powerful, whirling windstorms that are known to cause violent damage to homes and usually leave people without power. Because of their excessive force, they have the ability to lift heavy cars off the ground, uproot large trees and remove roofs from homes, in addition to removing other parts of your home such as shutters and doors. Recently, Elmira, NY experienced a tornado which left an estimated 34,000 people without power.
Like thunderstorms and tornadoes, blizzards are powerful enough to knock down trees and power lines and cause buildings to collapse. Also, because of how harsh a blizzard can be, it can cause people to remain trapped inside their home, sometimes for days. This can especially be threatening as blizzards can stop the supply of needed medical services.
Because of the heavy damage that occurs as a result of these weather patterns, homeowners are left paying a high cost for repairing parts of their home. Whether having to pay for window repair services in New York or replacing an entire roof, these weather conditions can severely damage a home.
One of the best things you can do to prevent your home from experiencing such damage is to be prepared. If you live in a location that commonly experiences severe weather patterns, you should keep your home protected. You should examine your home entirely and ensure that all parts are secured and take note of any open holes as these can cause the weather to make its way into your home. Also, ensure that the systems around your home designed to move water away are working. These include the gutters, outside drains, and roof drain pipe. If you live in a location that rarely experiences severe weather, remember that bad weather can strike at any time. In either instance, you should have back up supplies in the instance that you lose power for an extensive period of time. These include nonperishable foods and flash lights.
Jillian Johnson is a professional content writer with an interest in writing about home fixtures and home improvement. Follow her @JillianLJ87.