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Precautions to Take to Protect Your Home from Storm Damage

Precautions to Take to Protect Your Home from Storm Damage

Living in Virginia, Maryland, or Washington D.C. means that you’re no stranger to the snow and occasional storms we experience. In fact, from June 1st to November 30th, the Atlantic experiences hurricane season, with threats of heavy storms that can cause serious property damage if you don’t take the proper precautions.

To help you minimize any destruction to your home, our expert restoration technicians at Property Solutions LLC have put together a list of helpful things you can do to safeguard your home against storm, water, and mold damage.

Three Tips to Protect the Exterior of Your Home from a Heavy Storm

Tip #1: Remove or Secure Any Loose Items in Your Yard

Oftentimes, storms, especially hurricanes, bring strong winds that can send any unsecured items in your yard flying into your home, your neighbor’s home, your garage, or any cars parked along the street.

To reduce the likelihood that heavy wind will turn them into projectiles, we recommend fastening the following down, or storing them safely indoors:

  • Furniture
  • Lawn ornaments
  • Gardening equipment
  • Grills or barbeques
  • Toys

Tip #2: Clear Any Large or Dead Tree Branches

Perhaps some of the larger threats of exterior property damage due to a storm are tree branches. Due to the heavy winds, weak, or even dead, tree branches are easily swept up until they collide with the exterior of your property. If the winds are strong enough, they can even uproot entire trees. This can be especially dangerous because the trees can end up landing on your roof, car, or even a powerline and cause serious destruction and injuries.

In order to protect your property, especially your roof and siding, it’s important that you trim any large, loose, or dead tree branches that are in close vicinity to your home and/or garage.

Tip #3: Have Your Roof & Gutters Inspected Prior to Storm Season

One of the most common causes of water damage, and the resulting mold damage, is due to a leaky roof during a storm. In order to ensure that you’re protected, it’s important to get your roof and gutters inspected to ensure there are no weak spots where water could potentially get in.

Because heavy wind has the potential to dislodge shingles, expose large areas of your roof, and even damage the gutters, which causes drainage issues, it’s important to perform an inspection after each heavy storm to ensure you’re protected for the next one. We recommend that you ensure there are no loose or damaged shingles, cracks in the soffit or flashing, or any damage to the gutters.

Three Tips to Protect the Interior of Your Home from Storm Damage

Tip #1: Ensure Your Windows Are Sealed

During a storm, heavy winds make your windows increasingly vulnerable and can even shatter them. Additionally, if your windows aren’t properly sealed, the rain will make its way into your home and you’ll be left to deal with the water damage.

If you have older windows, it might be a good time to consider replacing them. Newer windows are less likely to leak and some are even made from powerful glass that can withstand heavy wind. To take extra precaution, you can even install storm shutters over your windows.

Flooded basement with a box, a ruined piece of a sectional, and other floating debris in the dirty water

Tip #2: Prevent Flooding by Checking Your Foundation & Installing a Sump Pump

One of the most pervasive effects of a heavy storm is flooding, which can lead to serious water and mold damage. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prevent indoor flooding.

First, you want to check your basement or foundation to make sure there aren’t any cracks or leaks that could allow water to get in. If you see any, you must seal them with caulk.

Next, we recommend that you install a sump pump, which will divert any excess water away from your basement or foundation to prevent flooding.

Tip #3: Acquire a Backup Source of Power

A loss of power can be especially dangerous. Not only does it make it difficult to keep your phone charged in case you need to make emergency calls, but it will also cause all of the food in your refrigerator to spoil. However, one of the most dangerous repercussions of a loss of power is the fact that it could cause your sump pump to stop operating. This is why we recommend investing in either a battery backup sump pump or a generator so you can remain protected until the power from the utility company is restored.

What to Do If You Do Experience Damage Due to a Storm

While these precautions can help prevent extensive damage, they aren’t foolproof. Therefore, if you experience any water or mold damage as the result of a storm, be sure to call our team of IICRC-certified technicians at Property Solutions LLC. With over 20 years of experience, we’ve worked with all the major insurance companies and will handle the entire process for you. We assist customers throughout Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.

Need water damage restoration or mold removal in Prince George’s County? Call (571) 526-0075 or contact us online today.

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