An old or previously damaged tornado shelter is a huge liability to your family’s safety. Updating your tornado shelter is an essential part of keeping your family safe during a major storm. Here are the improvements you should make first:
Grease the Hinges
Using a standard grease gun, put the end of the grease tip onto the seam and squeeze until grease begins to pour onto the hinges. How often should you grease your storm cellar’s door? At least twice a year, preferably in the spring and fall.
Add a Counterweight
It can be difficult for the elderly and children to open the door of the storm cellar, which is why adding a counterweight is essential for the safety of your family. Installing a counterweight cellar door only takes an afternoon and could save your life.
Once a tornado shelter begins to hold onto moisture, it’s no longer safe as there mold and mildew are not far behind, making for toxic air – not something you want to breathe when trapped in a small space. There are a number of ways to prevent this: using a portable dehumidifier, melting a condensation crystal pack, or placing snow removal salt in a bag and letting the water it collects drip into a bucket.
There are many different kinds of tornado shelters – repurposed basements, cubes inserted into the concrete of your driveway or garage, or made-to-order rooms buried in your yard. Whichever type you own – these steps for maintenance and updating your tornado shelter are still crucial.