Preparing your home for a natural disaster in Harrisburg, PA

Believe it or not, but the risk of a tornado hitting Harrisburg is higher than the Pennsylvania average and about the same as the national average. And unlike other natural disasters like hurricanes, you have very little time to prepare. Still, a tornado hitting the Harrisburg, PA area is very rare. We are more likely to experience severe winter weather or thunderstorms. For those natural disasters we can prepare all year long. For all natural disasters there are some precautions you can take to prepare your family and your Harrisburg, PA home or business.

Know where your utility valves are!

If you know disaster is about to strike and you have time to safely shut off your utility valves you should do it. Turn off your water main shut-off valve and the gas shut off valve. That way, if damage occurs to your water and gas pipes, gas and water will not be able to freely flow and further damage the home.

Strap down your water heater and other major appliances

In some areas of the country it is a code requirement that the water heater be strapped against the wall to prevent tipping or breaking of gas and water lines in the event of an earthquake. While an earthquake may not be a real concern here in Harrisburg, PA…it is still a good idea to strap the water heater against the wall in the event of a tornado or just for caution’s sake. This can also be done for other major appliances like boilers , furnaces, or oil tanks. This is a simple and inexpensive step that could help prevent a lot of damage.

Keep your carbon monoxide and fire alarms in proper order

After a natural disaster, whether it’s a tornado, severe thunderstorm, or severe winter weather your home can be impacted without knowing it whether through shaking or even ice damage. Carbon monoxide can come from furnaces, gas water heaters, and other gas appliances. Likewise, if any of these gas lines are broken or cracked they could be a serious potential fire hazard. Your best defense is annual maintenance and carbon monoxide and fire alarms that have working batteries.

The best defense is knowledge and preparedness. Even the little steps you take can help protect your family and your home. The next time you need a plumber make sure they show you where the shut off valves are and show you how to use them. And if you do have damage to your home because of severe weather consider giving Ready & Able a call. We offer excellent remodeling services.

The experts at Ready & Able plumbing, heating and cooling can size up any job and give you the information and options you need. And with free estimates, flat rate pricing, guarantees on our labor and products, 24/7 emergency service, and screened employees, you are guaranteed to have a good experience with our company. We are here to make your life easier and 100% customer satisfaction is what we strive for. For testimonials, money-saving tips, and coupons visit us on the web. And feel free to call us  717-963-2034 when problems arise or with any questions or concerns. Ready & Able is ready to help you, anytime, anywhere!

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