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Front Page - Friday, July 8, 2016

Preparing for severe summer weather

Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga

Chris Mabee

Heat isn’t the only weather issue we’re having in the Chattanooga area. As summer sets in, the likelihood for severe weather increases, too. Heavy rains, flash flooding, and even tornados all threaten to wreak havoc on homes in our community during the warmer months. Taking the time to prepare your home now will help ensure that you are ready when the forecast calls for severe weather.

Clean out clogged gutters and downspouts: If the rain that accompanies a heavy storm can’t run through the gutters and downspouts, it will spill over the sides, landing in areas where it can soak through to your home’s foundation, causing flooding and structural damage.

Keep the elements out: Try to prevent wind and water from entering through windows, cracks, entry doors, and garage doors. If severe winds occur, it is important that your windows and doors are sealed as tightly as possible. You can purchase and install special storm shutters to cover your windows.

Secure all doors: High winds can potentially tear through double doors, French doors, and sliding patio doors that have no structural support between the two sides. You might need to purchase and install special hardware to more adequately secure the doors where they meet. Try bolts that fasten the door into the framing at the top and the bottom.

Check your roof: A strong roof is another essential element in preparing your house to withstand a severe storm. Apply sealing around your home’s chimney and vent pipes. This will help prevent water from seeping into your home. Consider hiring a qualified contractor to check the structural integrity of the roof system.


To learn more about protecting your home during severe weather events, contact the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga at info@HBAGC.com, or visit nahb.org/DisasterResources.