Being caught in extreme weather conditions like hurricanes or storms creates anxiety or fear for most people. Especially for homeowners who are not prepared, this may be overwhelming and can cause serious storm damage. While you can’t control mother nature, there are things you can do to protect yourself and your home from storm damage. Your first and most significant priority must be safety.
Prepare For a Storm
Before a storm falls in your area, make sure you and your home are ready. Basic preparation and maintenance pay off in preventing structurally damaged property. Here are some lists you can do and precautions you can take to prepare your home for a storm.
1. Check your insurance company.
Review insurance policies and update if necessary to ensure you have the coverage you need for your home. Though there are some policies that cover storm-related issues, some types of damage may not be part of your homeowner’s policy. Once the insurer assesses the damage after a storm, you won’t have to worry that your property is protected.
2. Check even the smallest break in the seal of your doors and windows.
Sealing your doors and windows will prevent hurricane winds or tornadoes from damaging your roof from your house. Moreover, it will also prevent water from getting inside.
3. Check the siding of your home’s exterior by looking for its loose pieces.
Due to strong wind, loose siding can cause damage. Be sure to secure them to the frame of your house.
4. Look out for damaged or missing shingles.
Damaged shingles are easy to break loose. Whereas, missing shingles can leave a gap for the wind to get under and cause roof damage. Also, be sure to check the sealing of your chimneys or vents in the roof to avoid the entry of water into your home.
5. Ensure that your gutters and drainage are cleaned out and clog-free.
This will make water free-flowing away from your home and prevent backing up into your house. Furthermore, the grade of your lot works in your favor. It should slope away so water will naturally keep flowing away from your home.
6. Check the fence of your property carefully.
If fence posts are not nailed down properly, it will be a liability on your part. Loose pieces of fencing might break loose because of strong winds. Ensure that gates are secured tightly, too.
7. Check for any debris.
Inspect things that could fly around like tools, plant pots, lawn furniture, or other yard debris. Move them indoors, garage, or shed to prevent damage and injury in a storm.
8. Double-check that your sump pump is functioning properly.
This is very important in keeping your home from water damage. Prepare extra batteries for battery-powered or a backup sump pump for worry-free basement flooding.
9. Keep a working generator on hand.
Because a bad storm could knock out electric power lines for hours or even days, have a working generator ready. Test it to ensure it is working properly and you know how to hook it up safely. Having a standby generator is a great help in the livability of your home.
10. Trim trees.
Regularly trim trees since dead branches could go flying around in the strong wind. This will prevent damage to the windows and roof of your home, your vehicle, or your neighbor’s property.
11. Check that your insurance covers your home from potential tree damage caused by a storm.
12. Create a storm safety plan.
That includes identifying safe rooms of your home such as an interior room in your basement or the lowest level of your house. This is to protect your family from the worst storms or tornadoes.
Protect Your Home From Storm Damage
Evaluate your home and its needs to help protect against damage to your home when it is faced with a bad storm. Follow the list above to secure you, your family, and your property.
Professional Water Damage Restoration
Storm damage, flood damage, hail damage, and wind damage can all be destructive. Even if the storm has passed, it can leave negative marks on you and your property. Our team at Superior Restoration is committed to giving you and your family the best services to restore your home as quickly as possible after a storm.
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