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Guest Post: 5 Tips for Preparing Your Home for Severe Winter Weather on the West Coast

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The west coast experiences more severe winter weather than nearly any other area in the nation. During the winter season, the western area of the United States can be dealt a nasty hand of flooding, harsh winds, and mudslides. Although snow isn’t necessarily a large issue, there’s more to winter than frozen rain. Below, are the five things you can do to prepare your home on the west coast for the upcoming winter weather.

1. Preparing Your Home for a Flood

According to the National Flood Insurance Program, you should follow these tips to prepare your home for a flood:

  • Clear any debris from your gutters and/or downspouts
  • Maintain your sump pump and install a battery backup in the case of a power outage
  • Anchor fuel tanks
  • Move valuables to a safe place
  • Keep electrical components and appliances at least 12 inches above your house’s floor elevation

2. Emergency Supply Kits

It’s important that you have an emergency supply kit in your home and vehicle in case of an emergency. You can view examples of these supply kits at You should also ensure you have you and your family’s medication pre-loaded with your emergency supply kit. For pet owners, you can get a full list of supplies from the Red Cross website.

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3. Staying Safe During a Flood

According to the National Flood Insurance Program, you should follow these tips to stay safe during a flood:

  • Seek higher grounds and avoid all areas that are at a higher risk of flooding
  • If your home starts flooding, go to your top floor of your home, attic, or roof
  • Don’t try walking across flooded streams or flooded roadways
  • Turn off your main power and close your main gas valve
  • Turn on and listen to a battery-powered radio for updated storm and flood information
  • If you’ve touched floodwaters, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water

Related post: Learn more about how to stay safe during a flood »

4. Landscape Preparation

To prepare for flooding, you should consider installing mudslide mitigation around your home. You should also plant trees to help stabilize hillsides. Although this can take a large amount of both time and money, it’s well worth it for your property.

5. Vehicle Safety

Believe it or not, more people die in their vehicles in a flood than anywhere else. Keeping this in mind, do not drive through flood water. Not only is it dangerous for you and your vehicle, but other people on the road as well. If you’re away from home and are in your car, it’s important to consider the hazards you may be exposed to in a flood. Remember, if you’re on the road during a flood, do everything you can to return home.
In the case of a landslide in your local area, it’s important to properly evacuate your home into your car and to a safer location. Knowing this, it’s important that you don’t put off your vehicle’s maintenance until the last minute. You should also consider regularly maintaining your tires and considering purchasing a four-wheel drive vehicle if you don’t currently own one.

Hopefully, you don’t face too severe winter weather this year in your west coast home, but no one knows what’s to come. This is why it’s so crucial to be well prepared at all times. Hopefully, with the help of our tips above, you can better prepare yourself, your home, and your vehicle for the severe weather to come.

If you’d like to learn more about home inspections or request an inspection for a newly built or a resale home, please visit the HomeTeam Inspection website.

5 Go Bag Essentials You Forgot to Pack

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It’s important to keep a Go Bag in your home so that in cases of emergency, you’re ready for the worst to happen. When building a disaster kit, there are some basic necessities that immediately come to mind like food, water, blankets, and medical supplies. While those items are all critical to include in your kit, it’s also important to think beyond the bare necessities – especially if you are in a situation where you are displaced from your home for the long term. So, without further ado, here are five Go Bag essentials you forgot to put in your kit, and the reasons why you’ll want to include them.

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The 5 Most Common Causes of Water Damage in Your Home

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As a homeowner, you need to be aware of all the possible things to protect your home against. Storm damage, earthquake damage, wind damage – and, most frequent of all, water damage. We don’t like to think of our homes being ravaged by the elements, but it happens, and when it does, we need to be prepared. Instead of being reactive, we can try taking proactive steps to safeguard our homes and protect our belongings (plus save a bunch on costs). Below, we outline the five most common causes of water damage in your home in the hopes that this information will help you avoid damage to your home.

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Water Damage from Dishwashers: How, Why, and What’s Next

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Are you one of the unfortunate homeowners dealing with dishwasher water damage? It’s a scene that has played out in countless movies, usually in a comedic fashion. Kid puts regular soap in dishwasher, dishwasher explodes with bubbles, and we all have a good laugh at their expense. But when you’re actually dealing with water leaks from your dishwasher, you need to know how quickly water damages can occur, why they happen, and what to do about them.

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Refrigerators and Water Damage: How a Leak Can Damage Your Floor

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Water damage is a scary thing, especially since often times we don’t even know that there is water damage happening until long after the fact. Take, for example, water damage caused by a leaky refrigerator. Because the fridge blocks your view of the wall and floor behind the unit, you won’t notice water damage is occurring unless the leak creates a visible puddle.

What can we do about refrigerator water damage? We’ll walk you through what to expect when facing water damage caused by your fridge, how to repair it, and whether or not insurance will cover the costs. Continue reading

What’s in Your Dog’s Bug Out Bag?

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Natural disasters are no laughing matter, and when faced with one, you are often left with only two choices: evacuate the area, or buckle down and prepare for the storm ahead. That preparation hopefully includes setting up “Bug Out Bags” for each member of your family–including of course, your dog. Unfortunately, very few people know to do this– so we have compiled a list of thirteen essential items you should include in your dog’s Bug Out Bag, and the reasons why your canine companion might need them.

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How Does Water Ruin Electronics?

smartphone poolWe should all know by now that water and electronics just do not mix. Many of us have learned this lesson first hand, from the tragic experience of jumping into a pool with your phone, to the dreaded spilling of coffee onto a laptop, or even having to live through water damage to your hard drive. Regardless of your situation, we can all agree that water is bad for electronics. Not all of us, however, understand why. How does water ruin electronics? Continue reading to find out several of the consequences of wet electronics, along with the chemistry behind it.

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Water Damage from Air Conditioners: What You Need to Know

air conditioner repairWater damage is never fun to deal with. It can take weeks or even months to notice, but by the time you do, it’s usually too late. To make matters even worse, your home’s air conditioning unit also has the potential to cause water damage to your home, if not properly maintained. Under normal circumstances, your A/C should never leak water into your home, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t happen (Believe us, we’ve seen it all). By neglecting to take proper care of your air conditioner, you’re leaving your home vulnerable. Continue reading to discover some of the most common causes of the leakage, how to prevent A/C water damage to your home, and whether or not your insurance will cover the repairs.

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The Best Parks in San Diego with Basketball Courts

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Are you looking for some family fun during the final weeks of summer? We are firm believers that there’s nothing greater than some healthy competitive sports with friends and family – and what better sport than some good old-fashioned basketball? For your convenience, we’ve put together a list of the best parks in San Diego with basketball courts. So gear up and get ready to check one of these spaces out (and don’t forget to bring an air pump). Court is now in session.

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