You’ve put a lot of hard work and dedication into your property and vehicles, so you want to make sure they are taken care of, even when mother nature is showing her teeth.
To do that, we took a look at a 3 different areas of your property you can protect from the elements, and a couple of ways to do it.
Let’s take a look.
Your house is only be as strong as where it stands, so make sure you protect its foothold. Of course, we are talking about the foundation of your home. There are things you can do to protect against the elements and man made backups.
The first is to fight against man made backups in your sewer systems. Yes, there is a way to prevent the sewage from raising out of your drains, and it’s done with a backflow valve. These hand little valves let you temporarily shut off the flow of water and sewage in and out. If you are have septic issues, this valve will be your best friend against the less than pleasant pipe blockage.
Each year, it’s a great idea to grab that latter and check those gutter downspouts, especially before winter. As branches and leafs break from the trees, they float around and inevitably land on your roof. Eventually, those very same branches and leafs will work their way into your gutter system, clogging your downspouts.
The result of not cleaning your gutters is persistent overflow and improper drainage. Instead of draining to an area that is meant for removing the excess water from your yard, the water will overflow and pool near your foundation. This will easy weaken your home’s foundation over time if it’s not take care of.
If your yard tends to pool when the rains come on strong, you might want to look into overflow drains. These tend to be special drains that are placed in the ground to direct excess water from one area to another. Often times, these drains will lead to a sewer or the road. They can also run off into creeks and rivers depending on the location of your home.
If clear gutters and overflow drains are still not cutting it, you should look into waterproofing the foundation of your home. This process can strengthen your foundation and prevent water from entering your home through your basement. Typically, it’s a process where another layer of concrete is added to your foundation walls, but it can also be done with a draining system depending on the needs of the foundation.
They take you where you want to go, so why not protect them from the bad weather like snow? There are more ways to protect your car from inclement weather than you can imagine, so here are the main points of what you need to know.
Cover Them Up
Blankets and duct tape, car covers, quonset huts, full garages, parking garages, whatever. Just make sure they are covered.
Car covers are a great start if you have to keep your car outside. If you live in a snowy area, let the cover take the ice and snow instead of your windshield. If you are in a sunny area, the cover takes the sun beating instead of your clear coat.
If you have a ton of land or the perfect space for an extra garage, find out where to buy a quonset hut kit because they are amazing for simple storage that protects from the elements. They tend to be extremely durable, flame resistant and pretty cheap.
Clean Them Up
Before you put them to sleep for the winter season or after you finish your drive, you should try to wash the dirt off your car. This is especially true for the part of the population stuck in the rust belt. The salt and brine used to clear the ice from the roads in those areas are also great for clearing away the paint and metal of your car. Ashes to ashes, salt makes rust.
Start Them Up
If you aren’t going to use the car for the winter, make sure you still start them up from time to time. You want to make sure your battery stays healthy and the internal fluids don’t seize. Try to let your car heat up before you shut it off.
Your home is your shelter, so you need to protect it, but how? The main threats to your home itself is flooding and fire, and since we covered flooding above, we should move to preventing fire.
So what causes fire? Electricity is a common answer when it comes to accidental house fires.
Grounding Inside and Out
Grounding your house is not just a good idea, it’s a great one. Grounding your electrical outlets can be the difference between difference between house fires and nothing. Without grounded outlets, power outages and electricity surges can cause fires from system power overloads. With grounding systems, that excess energy is redirected to the ground and dispersed there.
Air terminals are used to intercept lightning strikes on your home. They are normally a conductive metal that attracts strikes within a specific area of your house and disperses the energy from that strike in the ground. They can save your house from strike damage and fires, but they can also protect you from the trees around your house getting hit and falling on your home.
There are even protection systems that are built to protect trees from lightning strikes. As a matter of fact, these are recommended for any tree that is close to your house or over 10ft tall. The are commonly set up similar to an air terminal system, but they are attached to the trees. These also raise your property value if you do have large trees surrounding your home.
How do you ensure your properties protection during bad storms? What creative innovations have you had to make during a bad storm? Share your stories and ideas in the comments below.