Check Out These 5 Tips from the Pros!
Summers in the Hampton Roads area can be spectacular. There’s fun in the sun at Virginia Beach, camping and fishing in the Chesapeake Bay, seafood restaurants and bars, water parks, aquariums, parasailing, outdoor entertainment, boardwalk fun and so much more! With activities like that, it’s hard not to love being a resident in our Virginia Beach/Norfolk area. Still, with every pro, there’s usually a con—and we do have some challenges during our summer months that keep us on our toes—thunderstorms. If you’ve ever experienced a heavy electrical storm in the Hampton Roads area, you understand the damage they can do.
So, as the summer heat and humidity continue to beat down on us, it’s important to protect your home from bad storms—before they hit. From electrical precautions to tree trimming, there are many ways you can help prevent a disaster and keep your family safe. Here are five.
1. Invest in surge protection.
We live in a modern world with all types of electronic devices. And the best way to safeguard our electronics before a storm hits is with professionally installed surge protection. Never worry again that an electrical storm will take out your appliances or ruin your laptop, television or cell phone charger. Our licensed electricians can do it all when it comes to surge protection, including installation, repair and maintenance.
2. Create an emergency kit.
If your home is structurally damaged by a tree or hit by lightning, you could suffer injuries. Preparing a first aid/emergency kit that is accessible quickly during a storm can be a lifesaver. Create a kit that includes essentials, such as flashlights, batteries, canned goods, water bottles, blankets, fire extinguisher, medical tape and gauze bandages, candles, matches, a whistle, adhesive bandages, saline, extra clothing and more.
3. Have your roof inspected regularly.
Cracks and holes in your roof are one the leading causes of home flooding after a storm. Consider having your roof inspected annually by a professional roofer. The fee for an inspection will be much lower than the price you’ll have to pay if your home is flooded due to a deteriorating roof!
4. Invest in storm windows.
These windows give an extra layer of protection when a bad thunderstorm hits. You’ll be glad you have them if your home gets hit by a rough storm.
5. Trim tree branches and large limbs.
If your home is surrounded by mature trees, consider getting the large limbs trimmed. When lightning strikes trees, limbs often have nowhere to go—except onto your house.
Summer Cooling or Electrical Woes? Call Miller’s!
Along with helping safeguard your home by installing surge protection, Miller’s is also available for any cooling repairs or AC emergencies you might experience throughout the summer. You can rely on our team of pros to find cooling solutions to your problems quickly and efficiently. Just give our experienced team a call at 757.623.6600 or message us online and we’ll be right there!