Diverse weather conditions and coastal storms are common occurrences for coastal Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic. Faced with heavy rains and perhaps the occasional tropical storm, homes along the Atlantic coast are subject to various climate-related damages. Being informed about these threats is the best first step to properly protecting your home and property.
In this guide, we’ll discuss climate and weather conditions along the Delaware coast and how to best protect your home against them.
Understanding the Coastal Delaware Climate
Delaware is located in a part of the U.S. known as the Mid-Atlantic region, which has a diverse climate where summers can reach well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit and winters can fall below freezing.
The Mid-Atlantic region has experienced drastic climate variations over the past few decades from droughts to periods of heavy rainfall and severe storms. The most common climate-related threats to those living in coastal Delaware include:
- High winds
- Wave action
- Coastal storms
- Flooding and rising sea-levels
- Overwash and chronic shoreline erosion
Coastal Climate Threats and Your Home
Now that we’ve identified the types of climate-related threats you may experience as a coastal Delaware homeowner, we can recognize the preparations needed to protect your home.
Water damage is the biggest concern for residents along the coast, especially those closest to the shoreline. Water damage can be caused by wave action, flooding, or coastal storms. Some homes may be raised to avoid flooding in basements or the first floor. For homes without a raised platform, having a sump pump to remove water from the home can make all the difference. A sump pump can help minimize water damage to the home before help arrives.
The threat of flooding is also a concern for the property around your house. It’s best to have a plan in place to prepare your property when expecting a heavy storm that could bring fierce winds and turn everyday items into damaging projectiles. For example, have a safe, designated space to store outdoor furniture or lawn equipment.
Before any significant weather event, make sure all windows and doors are securely locked. Any gap or opening to the home can allow water from storms, floods, or wave action to enter the home and cause damage. If you can, make sure your roof and gutters are clear of fallen branches and leaves that may cause damage.
Here at Advance Inc., we are proud to provide our communities with outstanding services, reliable resources, and helpful reminders to prepare homes against Mother Nature’s wrath.