Storm damage has become an increasingly significant concern for homeowners as severe storms have struck and caused massive amounts of property damage throughout the country. While there is nothing that anyone can do to prevent a natural disaster or keep a storm from passing over their house, there are plenty of precautions that you can take to ensure that your home encounters the least amount of storm and water damage possible. The following five tips may be able to help you avoid water and storm damage to your home.
● Have Roof and Gutters Checked Regularly
Gaps between shingles and clogged drainage pipes can wreak havoc on your roof and your home once a storm begins. In fact, a soaked roof caused by poor sealant between singles or overflowing gutters can even cause major structural damage on top of minor leaks, especially when coupled with storm-force winds and the potential for falling trees. Have a professional check your roof and gutters at least once per year to ensure that no repairs are needed. If there is a problem, take care of it quickly to avoid worsening problems.
● Bring In or Tie Down Outdoor Fixtures
Outdoor furniture and fixtures can be picked up by a strong wind and blown through a window in your home, opening up the possibility for a torrential downpour to come in through a broken window. Before the storm hits, make sure that everything outside your home is thoroughly secured and away from your windows.
● Turn Off the Power to Avoid Electrical Damage
Water damage isn’t just about your belongings - it can also damage electrical and climate systems in your home. While cutting the power may not ensure that you avoid all electrical damage, the lack of power running through wires can help preserve systems if they do become flooded. Additionally, your personal safety is increased, cutting down your risk of accidental electrocution while attending to circuits and electrical systems in a flood.
● Pay Attention to Sewage Systems
In extreme floods, sewage systems can become backed up and begin flowing into your home rather than out of it. Consult with a plumber to see about having a gate valve installed on all sewage pipes that come into your home, which can stop the flow of water from causing a plumbing nightmare.
● Waterproof Your Basement
Basement flooding is a major culprit of water damage during storms. There are countless ways to improve the water-tightness of basements, including painting with a sealant, repairing cracks, installing pumps, and even planning your garden accordingly. Consult a contractor to find out exactly which waterproofing methods are best for your basement.
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