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Keep your home safe from storm damage

From downed trees to power surges, summer weather can cause serious storm damage to your home. Here's how to protect your home from the worst damage.

While the state of Georgia doesn’t typically see the hurricanes its neighbors to the south do, it’s no stranger to stormy weather in the summer. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that storms have caused extensive damage in parts of Atlanta and the surrounding areas. When you’re in the process of selling your home and showing it to potential buyers, the last thing you want to think about is storm damage impacting the sale. No matter what the weather throws your way this summer, you can take steps to protect your home from trouble.

Taking care of trees

Trees on your property can increase the value of your home. They can also do considerable damage in the middle of a storm if they aren’t in good health. Trees can be unhealthy due to past storm damage, disease or improper care.

You can spot an ailing tree by looking at its bark, leaves and the way it’s standing. For example, if one branch of tree is leafless, that branch is likely dead and should be removed so that it doesn’t snap off during a storm and fall on your home. A tree that’s tilting too much to one side can topple over in a storm, breaking windows or smashing your roof. Pruning the tree can redistribute the weight, as can hiring a tree specialist to secure the tree with cables.

Protecting your air conditioner

Central air is something people look for in a home. It also keeps your home comfortable and cool when you’re showing it in the heat of summer. Unfortunately, a lightening strike in the middle of a storm can cause a power surge that puts your A/C unit on the fritz, according to the NEMA Surge Protection Institute.

There are a few ways you can keep your air conditioner safe from storm damage. The simplest option is to turn the unit off in the middle of a storm, regardless of whether you have central air conditioning or use window units. Another option is to plug your unit into surge protectors or invest in a whole-house surge protector. If a power surge does occur, the surge protector diverts the excess voltage away from your A/C and any other electronic devices that may be running at the same time.

Your central air may also cause stormy conditions inside your home. Most A/Cs sit in a drip pan. If your A/C pipes become clogged, the pan becomes necessary to stop water from entering your home. If you don’t notice and unclog the pipe in time, the pan will overflow. Water will flow throughout your home. This indoor rain shower can cause as much damage as a real storm. Get peace of mind by installing a sensor in your drip pan to cut the power when the drip starts and to keep water where it belongs.

Don’t let storms keep you from showing or selling your home this summer. Protect your home from damage so that it’s appealing to buyers.

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