How to Protect Your Home from Storm Damage

From thunderstorms to tornadoes, there are a variety of storms that can be strong enough to cause immense damage to your residential property.

High-speed winds can produce so much force that they knock over trees and other tall objects that can crash into your home. Even slower winds can be powerful enough to rip shingles from your roof and siding off your home. If precipitation is involved, heavy rainfall can cause flooding, and hail can ruin your home’s exterior.

Sometimes, the storm will be too much for you to overcome and cause damage to your property regardless of what actions you take. But it is still imperative that you take whatever precautions you can to limit the potential storm damage your residential property may face.

Continue reading to learn more about how to protect your home from storm damage.

Do Regular Roof Maintenance

hail damaged roofYour roof is the first line of defense for your home. It provides protection against precipitation and other outside forces. Unfortunately, this also means that your roof is prone to damage from such forces in addition to standard wear and tear. Knowing this, it is important that you inspect and maintain your roof on a regular basis. Otherwise, your home may have a damaged roof that can lead to other forms of property damage without you even knowing about it.

For example, if your home’s roof is missing shingles, then water can leak into your home and cause water damage. In turn, the water damage can then lead to mold growth, which will result in its own additional damage.

That said, have your home’s roof inspected on a regular basis. If you are uncomfortable or incapable of going up to the roof yourself, then you can hire a roofing professional to take a look at your roof. They can assess the condition of the roof and make any necessary repairs.

Check Your Exterior Property

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Clean the Gutters

In addition to the roof, your home’s exterior is also vulnerable to storm damage. Inspect the exterior of your home for damage after a storm. This can include loose siding, cracks in the foundation, and improperly sealed windows and doors. If you come across anything of concern, then address it promptly before it can cause a problem.

Another thing you will want to check is that your home’s gutters are working properly. If gutters are damaged, clogged, or misaligned, they cannot allow water to flow freely through them. Gutters that do not direct water far enough away from your home can also cause water damage to your foundation. If this is the case, you may need to add downspout extensions to your gutters.

Do Landscape Maintenance

If you don’t take care of your home’s landscaping, then it can be a threat to your property. This can especially be the case if you have trees close to your home. Strong winds can be enough to break off tree branches, causing them to hit or crash into your home. Knowing this, properly prune trees and shrubs so that they are less of a threat to your home.

Additionally, take a look at your gutters. If they are clogged and filled with debris, clean them out so that water can freely run through them and be directed away from the home. Along with this, consider the grade of your home’s lawn. If your lawn does not have a steep enough slope away from your home, then water is more likely to pool up and stay near the foundation.

Secure or Bring Items Inside

Things like patio furniture and grills need to be secured to prevent them from being blown around during a storm. If you’re lucky, unsecured contents won’t be thrown into your property. The best way to prevent this from occurring is to secure them. Even better, you can bring them inside or put them in your garage so that these items are protected from the storm and cannot cause property damage.

Install a Sump Pump

Flooded basementIf you do not already have one, then consider installing a sump pump in your basement. A sump pump will help prevent basement flooding should the storm allow excess water into your home. If you already have a sump pump installed, check that it still works properly so that it will protect your home during a storm

Even if you have a sump pump installed, consider also installing a backup pump that runs on a battery. This will ensure a sump pump is available and functioning in case there is a power outage.

 

Professional Water Damage Restoration Services

If you use the aforementioned tips, then you put your home in a better position to avoid storm damage. However, some storms are simply too much for your home. Even when you take the necessary precautions, it is inevitable that certain storms will cause damage, making it essential to make storm damage repairs.

One form of damage your home may experience in the aftermath of a storm is water damage. At ServiceMaster DAK, we can provide storm damage repairs with the professional water damage restoration services we offer. Our professionals will inspect the damage, eliminate excess water and moisture, dry affected areas, and make repairs. With help from our water damage restoration services, your home will be restored to a clean and safe living environment.

Schedule an Appointment

Call (847) 459-3900 to get in touch with ServiceMaster DAK if you need professional water damage restoration services in the aftermath of storm damage.

 

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