$54 billion. That’s how much inclement weather-related damage was expected to cost in the United States in 2019. The Congressional Budget Office calculated that $34 billion of that was expected to involve family homes across our nation. It could even impact Elkhart.
You just received 34 billion reasons to consider. Let’s take a look at the five most dangerous damage areas to monitor: roofing, basement, windows, doors, and the trees around your home.
Elkhart Home Danger #1: Roofing
When it comes to weather damage when it rains, it literally pours. Whether it’s rain, sleet, hail, or snow, your roof is one of the first places impacted by inclement weather. While many roofers will offer warranties, it’s important to take a closer look at your shingles to make sure that no loose or broken shingles or missing nails can be replaced. If possible, have a contractor replace damaged materials with storm-rated nails and shingles. Newer materials can withstand the elements.
Home Danger #2: Basement
Another place where inclement weather can cause serious headaches is the basement. In the Elkhart area, low-lying land is also particularly susceptible to damage. Many homeowners have already invested in sump pumps and French drain solutions, but what if there’s too much water? Keeping a careful eye on your lowest levels before, during, and after a weather event can prevent, stop, and repair damage.
Elkhart Home Danger #3: Windows and Doors
Many weather events can include high winds and fast-moving water. Homeowners should consider taking a closer look at the quality of windows and doors around their houses. As with all other areas of your home, it’s important to invest in high-quality materials. Additionally, take a closer look around the windows and doors to find and correct any cracks or gaps. Even the smallest weakness can be a costly one.
Home Danger #4: Trees and Shrubs
Take a look at your landscaping situation. If you haven’t been keeping up with tree, bush, or shrub trimming, now is the time. In inclement weather, a weakened branch can become a projectile that flies at high speed and can do incredible amounts of damage. Don’t risk a broken window or a fire if it can be prevented.
Elkhart Home Danger #5: Not Hiring ABCO Restoration For Any Damage
Whether you are doing some preemptive corrections or handling storm-related repairs, hiring the right team of experts is key to success, security, and satisfaction. ABCO Restoration takes each of these aspects into consideration when it comes to every situation. Our professionals want to see your work done correctly the first time. Contact us today!