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Preparing For The Rainy Season

Unusual weather has hit many parts of the country. Some of the hottest summers in recent memory have been recorded this year. Strong weather patterns are indicating that storms moving eastward across the mid-west will be stronger than ever before. Seasonally, many of our customers are used to heavy rains, but this year storms are predicted to be more severe than usual. Now is the time to get ready.

Many of these tips will help ensure that you protect what means most to you. We know the costs of preparation can add up and our team is ready to help you get a little extra money to help prepare.

Preparing your home for heavy rain

For those of you who own a home, it’s likely your biggest investment and you’ll do everything to protect it. Since heavy rain can cause exterior damage so serious that it leads to additional problems inside the home as well, it’s a good idea to prepare. Here are common things you should do to prepare for heavy rain:

Cleaning gutters and downspouts

This is especially important if you have a lot of trees where you live. Trees will drop leaves and branches on your roof that can get swept into gutters and clog up downspouts. The overflow can damage the roof and lead into the walls of your home. Take the time to hire a professional to remove all the natural debris or you may end up paying more for home repairs.

Inspect the sides of your home

Having an inspection of your home is never a bad idea. Cracks and breaks in your siding or foundation can lead to major water damage that will be even more costly. Make sure everything is sealed up to avoid expensive repairs.

Trim your trees

Those who love the trees around their home, as much as their shade, will want to make sure the trees are in good condition. If not trimmed and inspected regularly, a heavy storm could cause branches to snap off and fall on your home or even worse, crash completely through creating a nightmare scenario that could’ve been avoided.

Cover and protect outdoor belongings

It’s important that you cover, protect, and even secure anything you have on your balcony or patio. It’s not only for your own safety, but for the safety of others and will keep you from having to replace lost, faded or damaged things from your patio or balcony. Replacements and repairs will be a lot more, if damages include property belonging to your neighbor.

  

Always check for signs of leaking ceilings

Checking your ceiling for leakage is particularly important since undetected leaks can continue causing damage. This is also true if you live in an apartment. Be sure to inspect the ceilings of every room after major storms and especially when there is damage to the roof. At the first sign of leaks, consult a professional. If water has already damaged your belongings, you’re not at a total loss. For one, an installment loan can help replace those items.

Watch for flooding

Even if your community does not have a history of flooding, it only takes one strong storm to make it happen. It’s important that you are as ready as possible to prevent flooding to your home or apartment. Follow storm warnings and flood advisories in your area, be prepared for power outages, keep your phone charged and your vehicle fueled and in top condition so, you’ll be ready to go at a moment’s notice and have one less thing to worry about if you’re forced to vacate your home or apartment due to flooding. Sun Loan’s installment loans are a great way to get your car’s repairs and maintenance done now so, you’re always prepared.

Preparing your car for heavy rain

Update your tires

When the heavy rains come in, you’ll want to be sure your car has the best chance of making it through, without slipping and sliding across the roads. Get your tires inspected, and if you need new ones, get them. It could save your life and those around you. Tires can be an unexpected expense, but a necessary one since your car is what gets you to work and back, and all points in between.

Stop and check your brakes

Brakes are another vital part of the car that you will want to make sure are in top condition. Nothing is scarier than pumping your breaks during a storm and watching your car just spin out of control. Get your brakes inspected and if you need them replaced do it. It will ensure your safety and everyone else’s on the road.

General inspections make a difference

Your car’s wipers, lights, and fluids should all be checked. It also helps to have your belts and engine checked prior to the heavy rain season. All of these play a role in your safety and should be taken seriously.

There’s no telling when heavy rains will move into your area, but it’s important to do all you can to protect yourself, your family, home, and belongings. Our team at Sun Loan is ready to help you apply for an installment loan to cover the costs of preparing for rain season. Remember, installment loans are not payday loans that require repayment on or before your next payday. They are flexible, monthly installments paid back on a fixed schedule, making it easier for you to get the money you need now. Find a location near you.