Safeguard Your Home from Thunderstorm Damage

How to protect your home during a thunderstorm.

As spring approaches and temperatures begin to rise, so does your risk for thunderstorms.  Unfortunately, a major thunderstorm can cause significant damage to your home and property.  To minimize your losses, take these steps to protect your home during a thunderstorm.

Trim Trees

If you have trees near your home, then you should trim as soon as possible.  This is because a thunderstorm can rip the branches off of your trees, causing them to fall onto your home and cause damage.  If the trees on your property are very tall, then do not attempt to trim them on your own.  The last thing that you want is to fall and injure yourself, so leave this task to the experts.

Invest in a Surge Protection System

During thunderstorms, electrical lines are left vulnerable.  This is because lighting strikes can cause power outages, and falling trees can take out power lines.  Should this happen near you, then your home’s electrical system will be hit with sudden power surges.  These surges can cause damage to plugged-in appliances and electronics and can even start fires.  To protect against these risks, you should put your entire home on a surge protection system.  Additionally, if your home loses power during a storm, make sure you unplug all your appliances and electronics to avoid damage.

Install Lighting Rods

Lightning rods are metal rods that you attach to the peaks of your roof.  Lightning rods help to direct lighting strikes to the ground instead of letting them strike the frame of your home.  So, make sure you put up your rods to prevent lightning damage to your home.

Take these steps to protect your home during a thunderstorm.  Want another way to keep your home and belongings safe?  Then make sure you have the right homeowners insurance in place.  For assistance with all your home coverage needs, contact the experts at Mike Leonard Insurance Agency.  Our dedicated team is eager to find you the right coverage from one of our many carriers, including: Kemper, MetLife, Nationwide, Travelers, Safeco Insurance, Progressive, and American Strategic Insurance.