EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J., Sept. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches and Hurricane Hermine is in our rear view mirror, National preparedness month could not have come at a better time. Gold Medal Service, a BBB A+ rated heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical service company that services more than 125,000 homeowners throughout New Jersey, offers tips for homeowners to prepare their homes for severe weather.
"The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy was significant to the Township of East Brunswick," Gold Medal Service co-founder Mike Agugliaro notes. "I saw firsthand the damage the storm did to homes and businesses. I want to encourage homeowners to know their risk, make an emergency preparedness plan and inspire others to do the same. Fortunately, there are a few easy things that a homeowner can do to prepare their homes for severe weather."
Here are some suggestions that Agugliaro says are important to consider now before an emergency arises:
Clean your rain gutters and downspouts – Make sure your gutters are free of leaves and debris. The amount of rain you receive when you have a tropical storm or hurricane can quickly lead to water in your basement, leaky ceilings or more if your gutters are not clear.
Test Sump pumps – Unplug your sump pump and then plug it in again to make sure it's connected. If you can, do a water test and make sure the pump is properly processing the water.
Caulk around doors and windows - Wind-driven rain can cause moisture damage in your home, even when the structure remains intact.
Trim your trees - Trim weak branches that could damage your home during a storm. Transplant trees that are too close to your house, if possible.
Purchase a home generator - Depending on the severity of the storm, it could days for the power company to restore services. Flashlights, candles and lanterns are helpful in this situation, but unfortunately, these won't keep your food from spoiling in the refrigerator.
Install Storm Shutters - You can make your own or buy premade storm shutters for each window of your house. If you make your own, choose plywood that's at least ¾-inch thick for maximum protection. A broken window can cause havoc to your home.
For New Jersey residents who would like help and suggestions for preparing their homes for severe weather, the professionals at Gold Medal Service are ready to assist. For more information about electrical, plumbing or HVAC home safety and maintenance tips from the BBB A+ rated Gold Medal Service, visit www.goldmedalservice.com.
About Gold Medal Service
Gold Medal Service was founded in by two New Jersey natives in 1994. Their goal is to provide homeowners with a reliable and trustworthy home service company customers could count on to fix just about anything that could go wrong in a home. Since then Gold Medal has grown to include more than 190 employees and experts solving plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain, sewer and waterproofing issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. Gold Medal Service is a Dave Lennox Award recipient, exclusive to the top 25 Lennox Premier Dealers throughout the Unites States and Canada. For more information, call 800-576-GOLD or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.
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