No matter where you live, inclement weather can affect you with little warning. Intense winds, heavy rain, hail storms, tornadoes, and flooding can wreak havoc on your home, leaving you with costly reparations.
Fortunately, there are several ways you can prevent potential weather damage and prepare for severe weather before disaster strikes. Read the following emergency preparedness suggestions from ServiceMaster RestoreÒ to limit the effects that spring storms may have on your home.
Steps to take before a spring storm strikes
1. Clean out gutters and downspouts
Clogged gutters, drains, and downspouts can lead to roof damage during a storm. Dirt and debris can cause water to be unable to flow away from the roofline, adding weight to your roof and potentially causing a roof collapse.
Before the spring storms strike, check your downspouts and gutters to ensure that winter storms haven’t created any blockages. While you’re up there, make sure that all connections are secure and that no repairs are necessary.
2. Seal your windows, doors, and roof
Check the seals around your doors and windows. Look for loose screws and cracked caulking, and make repairs if necessary. If you live in an area that’s prone to heavy storms, consider investing in impact-resistant windows to protect your home.
When you inspect your doors, check that there are three hinges on each to provide additional support. Then, make sure your threshold is screwed directly into your house, as opposed to only your door frame.
Next, inspect your roof. If you find any missing or damaged shingles, an area of sagging, or other damage, have your roof professionally inspected before a storm hits. Repairs can keep your home from experiencing severe damage due to a leaky roof.
3. Search for cracks in the foundation
Even small cracks in your foundation or basement can put your home at risk of major damage during a spring storm. If water seeps in through the cracks, your home could be in danger of flooding. Furthermore, high winds can make existing cracks prone to widening, causing significant structural damage throughout the home. If you find or suspect any cracks in your foundation or basement, call a professional to seal them to help you prepare for a flood.
4. Install a backflow valve in your basement to prevent sewage backup
Heavy rain can cause municipal sewers systems to become overtaxed, creating the possibility for excess water to flow backward through your home’s sewer lines. Plumbing fixtures situated at the lowest points in your home may be particularly prone to sewer backup. Consider installing a sewer backflow valve to divert unexpected water away from your sewer lines and back to your city’s sewage system.
What to do if you experience spring storm damage
If a major storm causes damage to your home, take the necessary steps toward recovery as quickly as possible. Before you begin cleaning up, contact your insurance agency immediately to report the damage. Then, contact a professional weather damage restoration company, like the experts at ServiceMaster of the Tri-Cities at (855) 813-6959. Our team is available 24/7/365 to get your life back to normal as quickly as possible.