Springtime and warmer weather brings inevitable storms that can potentially turn violent. There is a lot of unstable air, with cool air meeting warm air, and causing uplift which builds thunderstorms clouds. Sudden heavy downpours, hail, strong winds, and even tornadoes can cause a lot of property damage.
Preparing your property for every possibility is wise, and there are some things you can do that might prevent disaster. Damage caused to trees by severe weather accounts for more than $1 billion in property damage in the United States each year. Broken branches and occasionally the whole tree fall and can cause structural damage, roofing damage, siding damage, and break windows.
The following post provides an important tip that can prevent these issues from happening:
Ready Your Home for Spring Storms | Regions
While it’s true that it’s difficult to predict Mother Nature, you can take steps ahead of time to prepare your home for spring storms, minimize damage and keep your family safe. Use these tips to prepare for whatever Mother Nature has in store this season:
If a storm is imminent, it’s time to batten down the hatches right away and think safety:
* Prune dead or rotting branches from trees near your home or car that could fall during a storm.
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Another critical item of importance with spring storms and your roof is making sure your gutters are clear so that in a heavy rain the water will be carried away from your home. If water doesn’t flow through, it can pool next to your foundation, softening the soil and leading to cracks. It can also leak into your basement, causing a musty smell, black mold, water damage and flooding.
This video from Lowe’s explains that you should clear your gutters every spring and fall, with tips on best practices and safety:
Being prepared for serious weather is a good idea. If you have a basement or storm shelter, that is best; however, a windowless room in the interior of the first floor of your home is the next best option. Having a battery-operated flashlight and radio, some bottled water, blankets, and a first aid kit in your safe place is essential.
Your first task is to keep your family safe, but as already mentioned, inspecting your property before storm season hits could prevent unnecessary damage. Along with trimming back tree limbs and cleaning gutters, inspecting your roof and siding for missing or loose material should also be part of your spring routine.
The following post touches on this point:
Helpful Tips to Prepare Your Home for Spring Storms
1. Identify any existing roof or siding problems: A licensed contractor can inspect your roof for missing shingles and possible leaks and do any repair work if necessary. It’s also a good idea to inspect and reinforce any loose siding, which can quickly rip off during high winds.
If you aren’t comfortable on a ladder, none of the above activities are for you. Call a professional local roofing contractor to set up an appointment for a roof inspection or gutter cleaning. Remember: safety first!