If you live in an area that was affected by this weekend’s storms, you understand the importance of being prepared. Storms that appear out of nowhere can wreak havoc on many areas of your home. Rather than being taken by unpleasant surprise, you can prepare your home for the unexpected.
Inspect the Trees – Trees are one of the largest dangers to your home during a storm. Even the trees that you thought would be standing much longer than you are around can be ripped right out of the ground, crashing into your roof, window or siding. Take a close inspection of any trees near your home. Look at the trunk to see if there is any sign of disease and carefully evaluate each limb to see if they are weak. Don’t forget to look at the top of the tree as well; if there are bare branches on top, this is a sign of impending disease and a weakened tree that could fall.
Check the Gutters – One of the largest culprits of a water damaged basement is clogged gutters. Don’t let yours get out of hand. If a large storm rips through your area like some areas saw this weekend, there could be leaves and debris strewn everywhere. If your gutters are already filled with debris, they will get even worse during the storm, forcing the water to leak into your foundation and basement rather than running off as it is meant to.
Inspect the Sump Pump – Check your sump pump often. If it seems to be working harder than normal, have it inspected. You should also have a battery backup in the event that you lose power; you will need the sump pump working as long as possible.
Check the Roof – A roof inspection should be completed at least once per year – but more often if you suspect damage. Loose shingles, loose flashing or gaping holes can cause severe damage during a storm. Water damage inside your home can cause mold and mildew and loose flashing or gutters can fly off in severe winds, causing damaged siding or even broken windows.
While we can’t do anything to prevent the storm damage from occurring to our home, we can be prepared as best as possible. This weekend’s storm was a great reminder to everyone about the importance of proper inspections around the home often to avoid unnecessary damage. It’s better to be safe than sorry!