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Summer storms and heat can damage your home

Summer storms and heat can damage your home
Summer storms and heat can damage your home

Summer isn’t all fun in the sun. It’s increasingly accompanied by dangerous heat and severe storms, but there are ways to protect yourself and your home. Consumer Reports explains that good protection against Mother Nature’s heat starts with DIY projects around the house.

Climate change is bringing more frequent and destructive weather events from coast to coast. This has led to a dramatic increase in insurance premiums for many homeowners insurance policies. But this price increase doesn’t mean you’ll get more coverage.

Water damage from outside your home is usually not covered by homeowners insurance, so it’s not a bad idea to supplement your insurance with flood insurance.

Even without flooding, extreme heat can damage water in surprising ways, especially your plumbing. Take metal pipes, for example: They can expand and contract and develop leaks over time.

You should check your plumbing regularly or have a plumber do it for you. You might also consider installing a leak detector. While these are a bit expensive upfront, they can save you a lot of money in the long run. Consumer Reports recommends the Flo by Moen Smart Water Shutoff System 900-001 leak detector, which costs $500.

Extreme heat can destroy your roof even in dry weather. It’s important to inspect it and look for damaged shingles or tiles and replace them before they leak and cause further damage.

The heat could overwhelm your air conditioning system. Regularly changing air filters and having regular professional maintenance will help prevent costly repairs later.

High heat and humidity can also create ideal conditions for mold and mildew. You should keep the humidity in your home between thirty and fifty percent. Higher levels allow mold and dust mites to thrive. A dehumidifier can help with that. CR tested dozens of dehumidifiers and found that the Midea MAD50C1ZWS, which costs $250 for larger rooms, does an excellent job of removing water from the air, helping to maintain the ideal humidity levels in your home.

If you’re worried about power outages, a portable generator can help keep the most important appliances in your home powered. You should keep a generator in a clean, dry, ventilated place that is easily accessible and NOT connected to the house. You should have at least 10 gallons of fresh gasoline on hand in a safety container and add fuel stabilizer to help it last as long as possible.