The Portland area’s spring rain and snowmelt can lead to flooding, power outages, and other potential dangers. With a little spring storm preparation, though, you can keep your home and family safe until the weather clears.
Collect Emergency Supplies
Invest in a NOAA Weather Radio so you can receive current information on dangerous weather conditions even when other radio stations aren’t broadcasting. This is also helpful during winter wind and snow storms.
As part of your spring storm preparation, create an emergency kit. Include a battery-powered or hand crank radio, a first-aid kit, a flashlight with extra batteries, a multipurpose tool and blankets. Ideally, the kit should include enough nonperishable food and water for three days.
Prepare Your Home
Check around your home for damaged and weak tree branches that could come crashing down in the wind and rain. Cut them down or hire a pro to remove them.
Test your basement sump pump by pouring in a bucket of water. The pump should start up, drain the water and shut off. If it doesn’t, check for a stuck float. If you don’t have a sump pump, now is a good time to install one.
Inspect your foundation for cracks that could cause water leaks. Seal small cracks with a vinyl concrete patcher. Have cracks wider than 1/4 inch inspected and repaired by a professional.
Clean any winter debris out of your gutters and downspouts. Check your roof for damage that may have occurred during the winter. Replace damaged or missing shingles or tiles to prevent spring rain from leaking into your attic.
Review your home insurance policy to make sure it covers flooding and storm damage. Keep a copy of your policy where it’s protected from damage, such as a fire-rated safe.
During periods of heavy rain, turn off your furnace or air conditioner to protect it from electrical surges. You may also want to cover the A/C’s or heat pump’s outdoor condenser with a tarp secured with bungee cords.
For help with spring storm preparation, contact us at Roth Heating & Cooling in the Portland area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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