Hurricane season is in full force, and with devastating images of natural disasters in the news, it’s hard not to worry about what would happen if a powerful storm swept through your neighborhood. Although you can’t control the weather, there are a few basic home maintenance steps you can take to help prevent storm damage and protect your home and family.
Check your yard for dying or dead trees.
Fallen trees cause millions of dollars in damage every year. Dead trees become weak and brittle, and even an average thunderstorm can send them toppling down. Regularly trimming and maintaining the trees surrounding your home will help prevent damage from falling limbs and flying branches. If you think you may have a dead tree, contact an arborist to have it safely removed.
Inspect your roof every year.
Powerful winds can easily rip damaged shingles away, leaving holes for water and more wind to get under your roof and wreak havoc on your home. Regular roof inspections and preventative maintenance can save you thousands of dollars. Remember, it’s much easier to replace a few shingles than an entire roof!
Consider your landscaping.
You may have the best-looking yard on the block, but will it do more harm than good in a storm? Make sure there’s a path for water to drain away from your home, or you could find yourself with a flooded basement or water-damaged foundation. If you’re not sure how to do this, consult a professional landscaper to help keep your yard flowering and functional.
Clean your gutters.
This might be the least popular home maintenance chore, but it’s one of the most important. Gutter and downspouts guide rainwater away from your roof. If they’re clogged with dead leaves and other debris, that water can collect on your roof and cause serious damage.
Check your doors and windows.
Do you always feel a draft near the back door, or hear the wind come through your (closed) windows? You could have small holes or tears in the seals around them. This might not seem like a big deal, but when you’re dealing with tornado or hurricane-force winds, those tiny cracks are enough for wind to blow through and cause much larger problems. Check the doors and windows around your home regularly, and if you live in a storm-prone area, consider adding reinforced storm doors and windows.
There are other steps you can take in the event of a storm approaching, such as securing outdoor furniture, boarding up doors and windows, or filling sandbags to prevent flooding. Most importantly, check your insurance policy to know exactly what kind of coverage you have! Many homeowners insurance policies don’t cover damage from floods or winter storms. Contact us today and let our expert team help you make sure you have the right policy for your home.