Storm damage is a severe and persistent problem for both residential and commercial properties. The high winds and heavy precipitation of storms, sometimes combined with freezing temperatures, makes them a dangerous force of nature. As winter begins, consider these storm damage prevention tips, along with what to do if disaster does strike.
Trim Your Trees
Falling branches are a common source of broken windows and damaged roofs. An untrimmed tree is more likely to be blown over as well. After completing your autumn raking, make sure that you’ve cleaned up weak branches as well. If you’re not confident enough in your arboreal expertise to cut back your tree yourself, look to hire a landscaping service for it. Protecting your property (and your trees) from storm damage is worth the money!
Check Your Gutters
Gutters are your foundation’s first line of defense against water damage. Gutters and downspouts work to direct the flow of water from your roof. It sends water away from the building’s siding and foundation. If your drains are clogged, they lack the ability to shuttle the water away, where it can safely drain. Overflowing gutters can pool at your foundations, causing water damage that can be extensive. A quick trip up a ladder as winter sets in and again after any major storm is the best way to make sure that your gutters are flowing cleanly.
Don’t Go Out in a Storm
If a storm has set in and conditions outside are getting extreme, it is already too late to protect your property. We have a habit of putting things off until the need for them becomes pressing. However, you want to clean your gutters before a storm comes. The same is true for any other maintenance around your building. Once it’s here, you should abide by weather warnings. If it’s too dangerous to go outside, you need to focus on protecting yourself. A property can be repaired more easily than your body.
Have Tarps on Hand
Tarps are an excellent tool for storm damage cleanup. They allow you to section off areas and even temporarily protect damaged siding and roofs. Have a few tarps and the tools to put them up on hand before the storm strikes. Ideally, you won’t have to use them! If you do find yourself with a severe leak, a tarp on the outside can prevent water from getting in. A tarp on the inside can limit the spread of water damage and keep most of your building warm and toasty. If the damage is too extensive or seems to be spreading, call a restoration company right away. They can better tell you what you need to do to save your building.
It’s never easy to contend with storm damage. As a result, you want to prepare for a storm before it hits, so that your property weathers it well. Keep tarps on hand to handle any leaks or damage. Keep your gutters clear, and trim all trees back before the storm strikes. If you experience significant damage after a major storm, call a restoration company for advice. Remember, put your safety first even in a storm.