Four Perils of Summer – And How to Avoid Them

Summer is a time to relax, unwind and possibly get away from it all even if for just a week or two.  Unfortunately, the season also holds its share of dangers including storms, break-ins, floods, and of course sun burns.  Fortunately, by following a few basic safety tips, you can enjoy a worry-free summer holiday.  With that in mind, here are some of the biggest perils of summer vacation and some ways to keep them at bay:

Storms – violent summer storms don’t just send kids and pets scurrying for cover, they can also lead to substantial home damage if you are not prepared.  Here are some things you can do to minimize the risk:

  • Make sure all gutters and downspouts are clear and guiding water away from the house.
  • Clear ground drains, especially those in basement stairwells.
  • Test your sump pump if you have one to make sure it is operating properly.  If you are in an area with high flood risk and frequent power outages, it would be worth having a back-up battery installed on your sump.
  • Take stock of your trees.  If there are large branches overhanging your house or dead or dying trees that could cause damage then you should call the tree company before the big storms roll in.

Crime – burglars love summer because there are a lot of vacant houses to choose from and they don’t have to freeze to death when checking out a target.  Keep them at bay by doing the following:

  • Stop the mail and have a neighbor pick up fliers, papers and other debris that could signal your house is empty.
  • Put some lamps on timers so that they turn on at different times each day suggesting that someone is home.
  • Wait until you return home before you start posting your vacation pictures and experiences on Facebook and other social networking sites.

Flood – in addition to storm water, your home is always at some risk of a pipe break or other plumbing disaster.  The fact that nobody will be home for days could turn a small leak into a major disaster, so before leaving home take the time to turn off the house water and drain the pipes.

Sunburn – Last but by no means least, always remember the sunblock!

Before you go, take care of these small precautions so that once you reach your vacation destination you can sit back and enjoy a stress-free holiday.

My Mental Health Day Thanks:
Andrew Balfour, Vice President of Hassle Free Homes

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