The effects from a natural storm are never predictable. It can range from a couple downed trees to complete demolition to your home’s property. Though weather technology continues to advance greatly, helping to save the lives of many, there’s no real way to predict how the integrity of your home may fare. Many different factors other than the weather itself can contribute to the outcome of how your property holds up. Whenever a storm threatens to damage your property, there are certain ways that you can prepare your home for a storm.
1. Check The Insurance. Standard homeowner’s policies often may not include insurance on the types of damage, such as flooding, to which a house might be subjected during a major storm. If the house is in a hurricane or tornado prone area, buy the extra policies needed to cover for these events.
2. Make A Home Emergency Plan. Think about where to go if an evacuation is necessary. Try to identify who to contact in case of an emergency. Be aware that a weather crisis can begin anytime. Outline a plan for communication and meeting up should an emergency occur while some family members are at school or work, or even commuting. Be sure that the entire family is informed of the plan and its execution.
3. Stock Up On Necessities. Just before a major storm hits is the very worst time to be standing in a long line, waiting for batteries or generator gasoline. Pretend a storm is on its way now. Buy at least three days’ worth of freeze-dried and canned food, water, and gasoline to avoid the long lines. Be sure to have a generator on hand to power the refrigerator and charge cell phones in the event of a power outage.
4. Take Care Of Trees And Landscaping. Trees are beautiful additions to any property but can quickly turn into an enemy, seemingly biding their time to come crashing through the kitchen window. Hire an arborist to check the trees and remove any questionable ones. Trim and prune tree branches away from the house to allow wind to pass through the tree without causing a lot of damage. Be sure surface ground water is not routed over the tree roots as the resulting erosion can help to topple the tree. And to prevent a minor problem from becoming a major one, be sure to clear any debris from the rest of the landscaping.
5. Secure The Property. Be sure that objects easily blown away, such as outdoor furniture, garbage cans, and trampolines are secured or moved inside. Move vehicles inside a garage or at least well away from trees, whose branches can fall on and damage vehicles. Repair any damage to the roofing and siding to prevent the wind from entering these spots and causing major damage.
6. Clear Rainwater Drainage Systems. A blocked gutter can cause rainwater to overflow into the roof cavity under the eaves. To prevent blockages during heavy rain, it is important that gutters and downed pipes be cleaned. Be sure that debris is removed from the roof as it can make its way into the gutter systems during a rain event. Also be sure to move any decorations that may be hiding drainage grates. Also, remove any debris that may be surrounding these storm water grates.
Natural storms can bring a multitude of damage to your home including water damage, fire damage or mold damage. If the damage is severe enough, reconstruction and contents restoration may even be required. Depending on the severity of damage to your property, professional restoration services may be the best choice to restore your home. There are many intricacies involved that can make storm damage complicated and complex.
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