Tips to Prepare for Thunderstorms in Ohio

Tips to Prepare for Thunderstorms in Ohio

Author: Chris Massie May 12, 2023

One benefit of living in Ohio is getting to experience all four seasons in full effect. Now that Spring is well underway, we are beginning to approach thunderstorm season. Thunderstorms bring heavy rains, strong winds, lightning, and sometimes hail.

Here are some tips to help you prepare for thunderstorm season in Ohio.

What to do BEFORE the storms:

  1. Trim trees and branches:
    Prune overhanging branches and remove dead or weak trees near your house. This reduces the risk of falling branches damaging your property during storms.
  2. Clean gutters and downspouts:
    Make sure your gutters and downspouts are clear of debris to ensure proper drainage. This helps prevent water from overflowing and causing damage to your roof , and it helps direct water away from your foundation.
  3. Check your sump pump:
    If you have a basement or a low-lying area prone to flooding, ensure your sump pump is working properly. Test it regularly to make sure it’s ready to handle excess water during heavy rainfall.
  4. Protect your electronics:
    Invest in surge protectors to safeguard your electronic devices and appliances from power surges caused by lightning strikes. Unplug sensitive equipment during storms to further minimize the risk of damage.
  5. Secure outdoor items:
    Strong winds can turn loose objects into projectiles. Secure or bring indoors any outdoor furniture, grills, potted plants, and other items that could be blown away or cause damage during high winds.
  6. Have an emergency kit:
    Assemble an emergency kit with essential supplies like flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, non-perishable food, water, and a battery-powered radio. Be prepared for power outages that may occur during thunderstorms.

What to do AFTER the storms:

  1. Clean gutters and downspouts:
    That’s right! Clean them out again afterward, to ensure any debris did not blow into them, creating a blockage for the next rainfall.
  2. Inspect your roof and siding:
    Regularly inspect your roof and siding for any signs of damage or loose areas. Repairing or replacing those damaged areas can prevent water leaks during heavy rainfall. Many times a cheap, simple repair will save you hundreds or thousands in restoration costs after water damage from a storm.
  3. Inspect your outdoor property:
    Make sure none of those outdoor items blew away or were damaged. Cleanup any debris you find. Track down any items that took flight into someone else’s property.
  4. Call Swartz Restoration:
    When you discover water damage or storm damage to your home or buildings, give us a call. We specialize in the Dryout, Cleanup and Rebuild process.


Use these tips to prepare for thunderstorms in Ohio this Spring.