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10 Tips to Avoid Home Storm Damage

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

  1. REPLACE MISSING OR DAMAGED SHINGLES - If a shingle is damaged, it’s more likely to break free. If it’s missing, well then you’ve got a gap for wind to get under and do even more damage.
  2. REPAIR LOOSE SIDING - The same rules as roofing apply to siding: it’s important to ensure your siding isn’t damaged.
  3. KEEP YOUR GUTTERS CLEAR - Make sure your gutters are free-flowing and your downspouts flow away from your foundation. Water damage or flooding is one of the quickest ways to devalue your home. So ensuring your gutters are clear is the first line of defense in helping water to flow away from your home.
  4. ENSURE WATER CAN FLOW AWAY FROM YOUR HOME - The grade of your lot should keep water flowing away from your home and into a ditch, drain, or some other proper retention area.
  5. KEEP YOUR SUMP PUMP IN WORKING ORDER - Before the rainy season starts up, we suggest checking whether your sump pump is in working order. If you want to feel extra-secure, having a backup sump pump is a sure-fire way to prevent basement flooding.
  6. ENSURE PROPER SEALING OF DOORS AND WINDOWS - Wind only needs a small opening to get underneath something like a shingle or siding and rip it off.
  7. CHECK FOR LOOSE FENCE POSTS - Wind will surprise you. Anything that’s not nailed down is a liability, and that includes fence posts, which are often forgotten or ignored in homeowner’s storm-prep.
  8. REGULARLY TRIM YOUR TREES - Problem tree limbs can damage your home, a vehicle, or even your neighbor’s property. Regularly trimming the trees on your property is an excellent way to protect your roof and windows.
  9. WALK AROUND YOUR PROPERTY - If you know a storm is coming, there are some very basic steps you can take to minimize its impact. Like identifying the items around your property that could become projectiles.That means lawn furniture, tools, flower pots, or other yard debris. Do yourself a favor and move those items to a garage, a shed, or indoors.
  10. KEEP A GENERATOR ON HAND - A bad storm could potentially knock out power to your home for a couple of hours — or days. Having a generator on standby could go a long way towards ensuring you don’t lose your food, or the livability of your home until power is restored.

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