Every year, it seems like it takes summer forever to arrive. As we huddle
around our heaters and fireplaces during winter, we often long for the
days where we can wear shorts and a t-shirt and enjoy some fun in the
sun. While the summertime can indeed be a season of recreation and fun,
it is important to remember that Mother Nature can be unpredictable. With
fires in the west, flash
floods and tornados in the central United States, and hurricanes in the east,
summertime can bring some pretty extreme weather. Fortunately, there are
several things homeowners can do to prepare for the possibility of serious weather.
Create an emergency kit: Create a kit with water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries,
a radio, blankets, clothes, tools, and vital medications and store it
in the safest part of your home, such as a basement, shelter, or cellar.
Your kit should have enough supplies to last you and your family for up
to five days.
Reinforce windows: Storm coming in? Be sure to secure your home and reinforce your windows
with storm shutters to protect against debris and water. Bring inside
anything you normally keep outside before the storm hits, such as patio
furniture or umbrellas.
Consider fire resistant landscaping: Extreme heat during Texas summers can easily lead to wildfires. By strategically
landscaping your home, such as removing dead or dying plants, moving firewood
and storage tanks to at least 50 feet away from your house, and trimming
trees that extend above your roof, you can help to minimize the amount
of potential flammable fuel and divert flames away from your home.
Check your roof: The worst time to find you’re your roof has sprung a leak is during a
thunderstorm. Before rain hits, have your roof inspected and patch any areas as necessary.
Consider purchasing flood insurance as well, as standard homeowners insurance
usually will not cover flood damage or replace items damaged by water.
As much as we would like for natural disasters to schedule appointments
with us, these kinds of things tend to happen at the most inconvenient
times, leaving you to rely on your
homeowner's insurance company for much needed assistance. Unfortunately, insurance companies
do not always have our best interests in mind.
If your insurance company has delayed, denied, or underpaid your claim,
our powerful Houston insurance lawyer at Dick Law Firm, PLLC, can help
you assert your rights as a policyholder and demand your entitled coverage.
Backed by numerous
positive client testimonials and a track record of more than 1,000 cases handled, we have what it takes
to help you achieve the results you need.
To find out more about how our firm can help, call 833-7RIGHTS or contact us online