Oklahoma Insurance Professionals LLC Blog
Whether it is your first summer in Oklahoma City, or if you prove a veteran, get ready for some hot and humid weather.
While winter months brought cold weather in the form of driving wind, ice storms and snow, summer heat will make that a distant memory.
Our land-locked, quasi-Midwest city boasts an average high temperature in July of 92 degrees with an average low temperature of 72 degrees (Fahrenheit).
The hottest days can bring extreme heat.
The humidity level is typically high, making it feel even hotter. The city experiences an average of 100 days per year with highs of 90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
A rising body temperature is just one concern.
There is a chance of thunderstorms almost every day during the summer months. These storms can produce heavy rain, hail, and strong winds.
The state is located in Tornado Alley, a region of the United States that is prone to tornadoes, especially in the spring and early summer. Oklahoma leads the country in the use of storm shelters. Storm shelters are designed to protect people from tornadoes and other severe weather events.
Despite the hot and humid and sometimes unpredictable weather, summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors in Oklahoma City.
But before you relax and enjoy the summer months, take the ample time prior to June 21st to prepare your home for the summer months.
Since we at Oklahoma Insurance Professionals live here too, we want to offer a few tips we've found helpful on how to get your home ready for summer:
Clean your gutters and downspouts
Gutters and downspouts are important for keeping water away from your home. If they are clogged with debris, water can back up and cause damage to your foundation, siding, and roof. Clean your gutters and downspouts at least once a year, preferably in the spring before the summer rains start.
Seal any cracks or holes
Cracks and holes in your foundation can allow water to seep into your home, which can cause damage to your walls, floors, and furniture. Seal any cracks or holes in your foundation with a concrete sealer or caulk. Likewise, your windows may need attention when it comes to weather stripping that may have damage from the winter weather.
Treat your yard
Who doesn't want a beautiful lawn? Aerating your lawn helps to improve drainage and prevents water from pooling on the surface. Aerating your lawn is especially important if you have clay soil, which is common in Oklahoma City. You can aerate your lawn yourself with a rented aerator, or you can hire a professional lawn care expert/company to do it for you.
Treat for pests
Make sure you take the time before it gets too hot to do preventative pest control.
Some common pests include:
Mulch around your trees and shrubs
Mulch helps to keep the soil moist and cool, which can help to prevent weeds from growing. Mulch also helps to protect your trees and shrubs from the heat and wind. Apply a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch around your trees and shrubs.
Check your HVAC system
Make sure your HVAC system is in good working order before the summer heat arrives. Have your system serviced by a qualified technician to ensure that it is clean, properly adjusted, and free of leaks.
Install a security system
A security system can help to protect your home from break-ins, which are more common during the summer months when people are away from home more often. There are many different types of security systems available, so you can choose one that fits your needs and budget.
Get an insurance quote
Make sure you have more than adequate homeowners insurance to protect your home and belongings in case of a disaster. Your insurance company should prove able to help you determine how much coverage you need and find a monthly premium in your price range.
By following these tips, you help your home to stand up to common problems the summer months can bring.
By doing this, you can help to keep your Oklahoma City home safe and comfortable during the summer months.
Talk to the Oklahoma Insurance Professionals
We enjoy serving Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas of Newcastle, Tuttle, Blanchard, Choctaw, Bethany, El Reno, Edmond, Moore, Norman, and Yukon.
Our insurance agents live, play and work here and we know the joys and challenges of calling the sooner state home.
We are an independent insurance agency, which means we can offer variety in the insurance carriers/insurance providers and the policies they have to offer for homeowners insurance.
This means you don't have to settle for an average policy that doesn't suit you and yours.
We also like finding the best coverage for the best monthly payment/premium possible.
Contact Oklahoma Insurance Professionals today to learn more about our homeowners insurance policies and to get a free quote.
And remember, when it comes to getting your home ready for summer and avoiding insurance claims, you want to do it sooner rather than later!