Keep your home safe from the elements with these weatherproofing tips.

Weatherproof your home - Princeton NJThe fall storm season is quickly approaching, making this a perfect time to protect your home from heavy rains and wind.

Although the national hurricane season runs from June through the end of November, New Jersey and surrounding areas are most vulnerable to punishing storms from mid-August through the end of October.

Take these simple steps to weather the next storm:

1. Clean Your Gutters. One of the most important projects on the to-do list is making sure that your gutters stay clean. Try to tackle this task two or three times a year and you’ll find the project much easier. Why? Severely clogged gutters can be difficult to clean and expose your home to potential damage.

Gutters are designed to move water away from the roof and away from your home and its foundation. If gutters become clogged, water will find the path of least resistance, which is often through your walls or into your foundation. Dickson Development recommends StormMaster Gutters. For more information, visit their website at or call 1.888.245.9639.

2. Keep Your Basement Dry. If water gets inside your home, you face the risk of mold, mildew, termites and other challenging and unhealthy side effects. That’s why you’ll want to take the following steps to keep your basement dry:

  • Keep gutters pointed away from your home and check your window wells and landscaping to make sure they are keeping water away.
  • Consider using a dehumidifier to remove water from hot and humid air. Insulation should be wrapped around cold-water tanks, water pipes and cold air ducts to reduce condensation.
  • Waterproofing can be done by painting concrete walls and floors with a product such as Drylok.

3. Check Your Chimney. An annual chimney inspection can help detect water damage from storms that can cause leaks in your home. Try to have a level 2 chimney inspection done each year to ensure that your chimney and fireplace are operating efficiently. Dickson Development recommends Chimney Sweeps Unlimited for fixing chimneys. For more information, visit their website at or call 609.730.4190.

4. Install a Generator. Although they can be costly, one of the best investments you can make for your home and family is a generator that kicks in when your area loses electricity. Portable gasoline-powered generators are great but can be of limited utility after a major storm.

A standby generator, on the other hand, can energize a home nonstop for days. They are large and sophisticated machines that can be quite costly. Standby generators must be installed by a professional.

If you are interested in exploring the installation of a generator, give us a call and we’ll work through the options with you. For more information about generators, read our blog about Buying a Generator. Dickson Development recommends EPower Electric at 609.635.0141.

5. Build a Portico. A front entry with no covering exposes you, your guests and your home to damaging sun and rain. Adding a front porch or portico provides great protection for your front door, hardware, trim and lighting and even foyer. A portico can even help lower your summer energy bills! Interested? Please give us a call.

To find out more, call 609-799-0220.