With the ongoing effects of climate change, the weather can be somewhat unpredictable. In an area like Kelowna, one with such a diverse climate, it’s important to take steps to storm-proof your home. By taking some precautions and applying some simple renovations, you can help protect your home from the potentially damaging effects of high winds, heavy rain, and any flooding you may experience.
Inspect your roof and gutters regularly
Make sure that there are no loose or missing shingles on your roof, as they can potentially become points of entry for water during heavy rainfalls. Also ensure that your gutters are clean and free of debris. Check somewhat regularly as small animals and gusts of wind can sometimes lodge small objects in small spaces.
Check weather stripping regularly
It’s important to check your weather stripping around your windows, doors, vents and other points of entry. This is especially the case during storm season. Also check your garage as it can be a common point of entry for water.
Trim trees and shrubs around your home
Make sure to frequently trim any trees or shrubs with sizable branches, as they can cause damage to your property during a storm. Falling leaves can also clog your gutters, so do your best to keep any straying branches away.
Have a generator on hand
Having a generator on hand can be very useful after a powerful storm. In the case of a power outage, this will ensure that you have electricity for essentials like lights and refrigeration. Generators can also come in handy for power outages that aren’t related to storms. If you decide to purchase one, please also make sure to consult the safety tips regarding your model of generator.
Store important documents and valuables safely
To help to protect them in case of flooding or other water damage, store any valuable keepsakes or documents in a waterproof container. Also consider installing a shelving unit to store them above the ground.
Your home should be a place of peace and relaxation, especially during severe weather. With some simple maintenance and a little care, your home can be both storm-proof and flood-proof.
If you’re looking to sell your home, storm and flood-proofing can look more appealing to buyers. If you have any questions about buying or selling in the Kelowna area, don’t hesitate to reach out.