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7 TIPS TO PREVENT STORM DAMAGE IN YOUR HOME

Tuesday, January 11, 2022   /   by Laura Larson

7 TIPS TO PREVENT STORM DAMAGE IN YOUR HOME



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Hurricanes, tornadoes, tropical or snowstorms, you name it, none of these destructive natural events will be nice to your home. While braving a dangerous storm can be overwhelming for people, your home could be seriously damaged as well. To protect you and your family, you need to ensure your house is well prepared to face these natural phenomena.

1. Update your Home-insurance policy

Even before there is a possibility of a natural disaster affecting your neighborhood, make an effort to review the kind of insurance coverage and protection of your home. Make sure your home insurance policy includes protection against natural disasters, if not or not enough, contact your insurance company.

2. Check your doors and windows

Regardless of whether you’re confronting a tornado or storm, fixing your entryways and windows is an absolute necessity. In case there is the littlest break in a seal, wind can get in. This could potentially allow storm winds to lift the rooftop of your home with catastrophic results.

Seal entryways and windows to keep water from getting inside your home. A significant stage in climate security for your house is guaranteeing that all windows and entryways seal and lock when facing the elements.

3. Take a look at your shingles

Like your entryways and windows, look at your rooftop as well. You need to make certain to fix or replace any free or missing shingles. If a high-speed wind gets through a free shingle, you can get some serious harm to your rooftop.

If your home has chimney stacks or vents on the rooftop, check them all and make sure these are well installed. Any break in a seal could cause water to get into your home during a storm

4. Repair loose siding

Additionally, ensure your home’s outside by carefully checking the siding (lookout for free pieces or unattached edges). Search for any loose bits of siding that may get affected by strong winds.

Loose siding can go flying in a storm, which can cause additional harm to people outside of your household.

5. Search for yard debris, check fences

Once the outside of your house is secured, take a hard look at your yard. Do you have any trash that could zoom around and cause harm in a storm?

In the event that you have outside furniture, try to secure it inside your home before a major weather event. If you have any pruned plants, those should come in too.

In the event that your yard is fenced, check the state of the fence. Search for free bits of fencing that may loosen up in stormy conditions.

6. Take a look at water drainage and gutters

In case you are in the line of a tropical storm loaded with water, check your drains to ensure they are cleared out and nothing will forestall them emptying water away out from your home. Make sure that all your drains are wiped out clean so the excess water got effectively drained.

7. Trim trees

Trees can be both a gift and a danger for property holders. Obviously, there isn’t anything better than a yard loaded up with beautiful, mature trees.

However, if you are confronting a tropical storm or a hurricane, trees can be very dangerous. 

Keep up with your trees by keeping them very healthy and trimmed. Eliminate, as much as you can, the possibility of a tree falling on your property, or any dead branches that could go flying in a high-wind situation.

Larson Fine Properties
Laura Larson
7294 Joffa Circle
Warrenton, VA 20187
703-743-4410

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