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North Carolina storm seasons can be rough and the 2015 Hurricane season in full swing.

It is important to make sure you are taking precautions now to minimize damage to your home should you experience a severe storm or hurricane.

While many people think of their exterior siding, deck or patio furniture, and landscaping when storm-proofing their homes, some forget all about their outdoor air conditioning units and basements.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association notes that preparation is key to minimizing the impact of a severe storm to your home and devotes an entire week each year to Hurricane Preparedness.

Since the weather is important to us here at WeatherMaster, we put together our Severe Storm Preparedness List to help protect your home's basement and air conditioner.

How to Protect Your Basement from Flooding During a Storm
 
• Check to make sure your sump pump is operating properly
• Clean off any sediment that has built up on your sump pump
• Invest in a quality battery-powered sump pump in the case of a power outage

How to Protect Your Air Conditioner During a Storm

• Turn off your air conditioner at the circuit breaker in case you experience a power surge
• Secure your outdoor air conditioning unit with hurricane straps to keep it from moving during the storm.
• Tighten the bolts that attach your air conditioner to the base.
• Remove any loose objects and secure all patio/deck furniture to keep anything from striking and damaging your air conditioner

What to Do When the Storm has Passed

After a severe storm or hurricane has passed, it is time to check your air conditioner and basement for signs of damage as soon as you can.

Check your basement first to prevent any future water damage to your home’s foundation. Then, inspect your air conditioner for damage. You should look for any cracks, dents, impact or signs that your system has shifted.

If your air conditioner was damaged by flooding or salt-water, it might be unsafe to operate. Bacteria and other contaminants may have entered your system, and we recommend contacting a licensed professional before operating your system again.

For more information about your air conditioner or air conditioner repair and replacement, please visit our website or give us a call. If you’re in our Raleigh, North Carolina service area, you can schedule service online with Weathermaster.

Weather Master has been serving Wake, Durham, Granville, Orange, Chatham and Johnston Counties since 1977. By providing the very best in air conditioning, heating and plumbing equipment, and service, Weather Master strives to deliver world-class service with a small-company touch.