Need to prevent storm damage? During the spring and summer, storms can wreak havoc in people’s homes and properties. Between the water, wind, and storm debris, this season can cost you a lot of money. Thankfully, though, you can take steps to prepare for those storms. A little prevention in the short term can help you prevent long-term storm damage. Here are the five steps that you should take before the storms arrive.
Waterproof Your Home
First, you can prevent damage by having your home waterproofed. Water can get into your house through the basement and crawlspace. This water brings bacteria and causes other types of damage. If you have these spaces waterproofed, you can prevent these long-term issues.
Check Your Trees
Trees are great for human health, and they can add value to your property. However, if any of your trees are weak or compromised, they can damage your house during a storm. Check on the trees that surround your home. Could any branches land on your roof or break a window if the weather gets bad? If so, you may need to trim those branches. While you’re preventing broken windows, go ahead and bring your outdoor furniture inside. Items that aren’t tied down can become dangerous during a storm.
Invest in Storm Shutters
Speaking of protecting the windows, you may choose to invest in storm shutters this year. Storm shutters are designed to withstand wind, hail, rain, and debris. When you close these shutters before a storm, you can prevent a significant amount of damage. Otherwise, you can protect your windows using plywood.
Look for Loose Roofing Tiles
Water and debris can enter the home through the roof, so make sure that your roof looks ready to stand up to storm damage. Check out your roof if you can do so safely. If not, hire a professional who can check for loose tiles and other signs of potential damage. If your roof shows too many signs of wear and tear, you can have it repaired before the storms show up.
Ask About Your Insurance Policy
Before major storms arrive, it’s a good idea to call your insurance company and ask about your coverage. This way, you can see if you have any coverage gaps. If so, you can update your policy for better coverage. When you can’t prevent every type of storm damage, you can at least have the peace of mind that comes from being prepared.
After Storm Damage
Do you already have storm damage to your home? Then call ABCO Restoration. We’ll remove damage from water, debris, wind, and more. We serve our community with a personal touch. If you need help after a storm, contact us today. We’ll help you get back on your feet again.