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How to Prepare Your Home to Survive a Bomb Cyclone

If you're a homeowner, today's headlines are absolutely terrifying. When you hear that a "bomb cyclone" is headed your way, your first instinct might be to book the first flight out of town. There's no need to run. You can prepare your home now to survive a bomb cyclone and any other storms Mother Nature has in store.

What is a "Bomb Cyclone?"

In simple terms, it is a major weather event that undergoes "bombogenesis." Accuweather.com describes it as "explosive storm strengthening" that can produce cyclone/hurricane-force winds combined with flood-inducing rainfall or blizzard conditions with freezing temperatures and significant snowfall.

How can a "Bomb Cyclone" affect your home?

With sustained wind speeds of more than 74 miles per hour, you can expect possible damage through falling branches and trees, flying debris, uprooted fences, broken windows, and roof shingle loss.

Wind-driven rain or hail can lead to flash floods, water in your basement, water infiltration under doors, through unsealed windows, or roof leaks.

Heavy snow and ice can cause major roof and gutter damage, ice damming, frozen pipes, electrical surges, and power loss that can wreak havoc on your major appliances and electrical components.

Prepare your home to survive a "Bomb Cyclone."

If the storm is imminent, you'll want to stay inside and out of harm's way. If you have a little time to prepare, there are several things you or a professional handyman can do to batten down the hatches:

  • Put away loose objects, patio furniture, trash cans, flower pots, and any other items that could turn into missiles during violent winds.
  • Park your car in the garage. Make sure your garage door and operator are in good working order. In case of a power outage, you'll want to be sure you can activate the emergency release to open the door manually.
  • Clear your gutters of leaves and debris to make sure water will flow unobstructed to downspouts and not freeze up causing ice dams.
  •  Caulk outside around windows to reduce air and water infiltration.
  • Install weatherstripping around doors, double-hung window sills, and add a door sweep to the bottom of all exterior doors. This will keep heavy rains and wind from leaking in.
  •  Run the hot water occasionally or keep a slow drip in faucets to keep the pipes from freezing.
  • Cover windows inside with plastic to give you an extra layer of insulation and protection from freezing outside temperatures. Kits can be purchased at your local home improvement store or hire a handyman to install for you.
  • If you have a fireplace, make sure you have firewood on hand. Make sure the fireplace is well-vented and that you dispose of the ashes properly to prevent the risk of fire.
  •  Consider adding surge protectors to all your computers, TVs, and smart home components to protect your equipment from electric spikes. Bomb cyclones have a potential to cause intermittent power outages that can severely damage your electrical appliances.
  • Make sure all your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries and are in good working order. Blowing snow can block exhaust outlets and potentially cause your furnace to malfunction. If safety shut-off features fail, your detectors will alert you to a life-threatening problem.
  •  If you have a basement, make sure window well drains are cleared of debris, caulk windows, make sure your sump pump is operating properly (consider adding a battery back-up in case the power goes out) to prevent torrential rain from getting in and flooding it.

What to do when the "Bomb Cyclone" passes.

It may seem as if the storm's fury will never end, but once it does, you'll need to assess any damage that has occurred. Do a general property survey by walking around the perimeter of your home. Bring a camera along to take photos of any damage that can be used for insurance claims.

Check the roof for damage. If the storm brought wind and rain, look for missing or damaged shingles. If you've got heavy snow or ice build-up, look for gutter damage or buckling along the roofline. Tree limbs and uprooted trees can cause major breaches that will lead to leaks. Don't risk injury by doing the repairs yourself, contact a professional roofing company to fix any problems quickly to prevent further damage.

Is your yard flooded? Standing water can damage your foundation, get into your basement, destroy your lawn and landscaping, and even undermine the driveway and walkways. A professional basement waterproofing company will be needed to mitigate any structural damage.

Inspect the interior of your home looking for water-stained drywall, a flooded basement, cracked or broken windows. Test your electrical appliances to make sure everything is working properly. Electrical surges when the power comes back on can cause major problems. Contact an appliance repair service or smart home technician to inspect the affected equipment and resolve the problems.

Puls—For Year-Round Protection From Every Storm You Encounter

Whether you need drywall repairs and repainting from a leaky roof, an appliance repair from a power surge, a garage door repair from heavy winds, or a broken iPhone screen replacement from dropping it while running for cover, Puls can handle it.

Our skilled technicians can help calm any storm in your life. It's our goal to make your life easier with convenient, online appointment scheduling. You choose the time and our fully vetted specialist will be at your door, same-day appointments are available if needed.

Life's storms create all kinds of chaos. Be prepared for anything by becoming a Puls+ member. Several peace-of-mind protection plans are available to safeguard your budget from unexpected expenses for all home services. Membership entitles you to benefits such as discounts, dedicated service line, concierge service, extended service guarantees and so much more. Book a service today, and be prepared for "bomb cyclones'' and every storm you encounter.

Debbie D.
Debbie D.
Debbie Dey is a professional writer with over three decades of experience in residential construction. Her background gives her a wealth of knowledge about all kinds of home improvement projects, which she enjoys sharing through her writing. She has been a Puls staff writer since 2018. In her free time, you can find her relaxing by the water or cruising with her husband in their sports car.

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