Preparing Your Home For Local Storms
Taking a few preventative steps now, can save you from dealing with substantial damage to your home later. With the cooler temperatures, cleaning projects are an ideal time to start, but it is also an ideal time to start thinking on how to improve your property to prevent storm damage.
Here are some tips from Access Home Insurance to help you spark improvement projects this spring in your home.
- 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.
- Use shredded bark mulch as landscaping material: If you have rock or gravel landscaping, it’s a good idea to replace it with bark, which won’t cause damage if blown around in high winds.
- Maintain trees and shrubbery in your yard: Now is the perfect time to remove dead or weak branches or remove trees that could fall on your home during a storm. Check trees and shrubs regularly to identify potential problems.
- Ensure gutters aren’t loose or clogged: Clear your gutters of debris and make sure they are tightly attached to your house. Strong winds can quickly tear loose gutters from your home and cause damage. Also, it’s important to make sure downspouts are positioned away from your home’s foundation to help prevent basement flooding.
- Secure top-heavy furniture: Don’t forget about the inside of your home too. Walk around your house and secure large, top-heavy pieces, such as bookcases, to the wall.
If you have questions about projects around your home that need to be taken care of before the storms begin, give SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/SE Surprise a call at 623-546-1930. We are always here to help.