Power outages, flooding, and fallen trees: it’s that time of the year again. Rainy weather is up ahead, and Claims Journal is already warning homeowners everywhere of what’s to be expected, especially considering the effect that El Nino is having on the weather. According to the report, AIR World noted that two tornadoes in Mississippi were the result of the storm that affected 20 states, with wind gusts growing stronger until they reached the level and power of a hurricane.
The article further adds that this year’s weather conditions might mean a rise in incidents like flooding as well as power outages. Combine that with problems common to homes during the season—and you have a problem on your hands.
Available data says that a mere 27 percent of power outages happen during the first three months of the year. But El Nino is likely to increase those numbers.
Preparing for Winter
Given these predictions, it’s smart to take the necessary precautions to make sure you and your home are safe throughout the season. Here are the 3 S’s you’ll want to keep in mind:
- Seasonal Maintenance: It’s hugely important to have maintenance work done on your HVAC systems regularly, as this will prevent issues in the case of an emergency when it comes to heating or air conditioning. In the case of storms that bring heavy rains and flooding, be sure that you’re prepped for the possibility of water infiltration or damage. And after the storm, don’t hesitate to call for any necessary repairs to your roof. You should also clear your gutters of debris to make sure the drains are clear, says the Insurance Information Institute. Trim your trees and clear branches that might […]