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Protecting Your Vacation Home from Extreme Weather: Top 7 Tips from SERVPRO®

1/15/2024 (Permalink)

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Owning a vacation home is akin to having a personal paradise. But extreme weather can chew through paradise rather quickly if you're not prepared. Managing and protecting your vacation home can seem daunting—but don't fret. We provide this comprehensive guide to protect your beloved vacation home from harsh weather, making sure it stays the cherished getaway for countless unforgettable memories.

1. Weather-Proof Your Property

Weather-proofing your vacation home is a vital first step. Inspect your windows and doors and seal any cracks or gaps; these make your home vulnerable to moist air, wind, and water leaks. Storm shutters can provide an excellent shield against high-speed winds and flying debris. Also, a well-maintained roof can significantly reduce the risk of leaks and water damage. Another crucial element is your landscaping—avoid planting brittle trees near your home that can break off during a storm and cause damage. Instead, opt for strong, hardy plants that can withstand extreme weather.

2. Insulate to Regulate

Proper insulation is not only about comfort—it’s a key tool in preventing weather-related damage. Insulating your home’s pipes mitigates the risk of them freezing and then bursting, potentially causing significant water damage. Insulation isn't just for pipes, though. Adding insulation to walls, attics, and basements is critical to help regulate the home's internal temperature during hot and cold extremes.

3. Invest in a Generator

Power outages are a common sidekick to extreme weather. Investing in a generator ensures critical systems in your home continue operating, guarding against issues like frozen pipes and basement flooding. A mid-sized portable generator can power essential appliances like your refrigerator, sump pump, and furnace during outages.

4. Install a Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats are a great advancement in home technology—especially for vacation homes. You can control them remotely, adjusting the temperature based on changing weather conditions to prevent potential damage like frozen pipes. Some models even alert you if indoor temperatures drop below or rise above a set threshold.

5. Secure Outdoor Furniture and Loose Objects

Your lovely porch swing or patio set can become dangerous projectiles in high-wind weather events. To safeguard your property, store away outdoor furniture and loose objects when heading back to your primary residence. Encourage this habit in your household to minimize potential storm-damage scenarios.

6. Engage a Property Manager or Neighbor’s Help

If your vacation home is vacant for long periods, enlist a local property manager's services or a trustworthy neighbor's assistance. Regular property check-ins can help spot potential issues before they escalate—especially crucial during or just after severe weather.

7. Review Your Insurance

Insurance is the financial shield against costly damage. Make it a habit to review your home insurance policy annually. Check for coverage against wind and flood damages and take time to understand your policy's ins and outs, ensuring it aligns with your property's needs.

Taking care of a vacation home against extreme weather requires foresight and proactive measures. It can be a significant responsibility, but remember, you're not alone. If you face any weather-related damage, SERVPRO of Portland is at your service with our skilled restoration services. We make it our mission to ensure your home feels "Like it never even happened."

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