Spring and summer are notoriously stormy. Whether you live in Tornado Alley or a hurricane zone, your home could be at risk of flooding or wind damage. Don’t wait until a severe storm warning is issued in your area—prepare today with these home storm preparation tips.
- Inspect the gutters and downspouts: Gutters must be clear of debris to drain properly. Clean them twice a year or consider installing a gutter guard system. Also, set up downspout extenders that deposit water at least 6 feet from your foundation.
- Have your roof inspected: Every few years or following a hailstorm, hire a roofing company to check for damage. Patching up holes before it rains again can prevent destructive roof leaks.
- Check water flow on your property: During heavy rain, go outside and observe how water flows around the house. With clean gutters and extended downspouts, rain should run away from the foundation. If the soil grading slopes toward your home, correct this before the next storm.
- Inspect the crawlspace: Another place to check during heavy rain is the crawlspace. Look for evidence of water intrusion, such as discoloration, staining, musty odors and/or mold growth. Clean up the damage and correct the drainage on your property to prevent a recurrence.
- Trim your trees: If any branches overhang the roof or brush the side of your house, they could cause damage during a storm. Prune your trees to help protect your property and consider re-grading the soil to give the roots something sturdier to cling to in high winds.
- Secure your home: Consider installing window shutters or temporary plywood to keep your home tight and secure against the wind. If the windows break, your roof and garage door are more likely to fly away. Roof clips and garage door braces can also help secure these parts of your home.
- Install a generator: Long-term power outages can be inconvenient or even dangerous. Keep the lights on, food chilled, and HVAC system running with a backup generator.
- Install a sump pump: Flooding is one of the most common types of storm damage. Prevent groundwater from rising into your home by installing a sump pump in the basement. Include a battery backup to ensure continued operation during a blackout.
- Unplug electronics: When a storm starts to pick up, it’s best to unplug small appliances and electronics. Lightning strikes can cause serious power surges and damage sensitive gadgets, even if they’re plugged into surge protectors.
- Clear clutter from your yard: If a storm warning is issued, bring any loose outdoor objects inside. Patio furniture, potted plants, toys and trashcans can be swept away if left at the mercy of a tornado or hurricane.
Has your home suffered storm damage this spring? DKI can assist with the recovery process. We offer water damage repair, emergency board-up services, structural stabilization, contents restoration, and more. Call us at 844-354-2255 or contact us online to request storm damage cleanup today.