Tips for Preventing Major Storm Damage To Your Home

Throughout the Midwest, a swift change in the weather can turn a sunny and cloudless day into a torrential downpour or elicit a loud, continuous screech from tornado sirens.

In any instances of severe weather, the first priority is the safety of people—getting your loved ones inside and away from windows.

Once a plan is in place to keep everyone safe, it’s time to consider how to protect your home from major storm damage. While your first thought may be of a boarded-up home on the coast of Florida during a tropical storm, there are actually several (mostly inexpensive) preventative measures that you can take to keep your home safe from adverse effects of Mother Nature right here in the Midwest.

Clean. Out. Your. Gutters.

Many homeowners often put off the arduous task of climbing a ladder and clearing out a gross combination of sprouting vegetation and mushy debris from their gutters. It is laborious, dirty and brings with it certain safety hazards.

When you do clean out your gutters, you will do more than beautify the outside of your home.

When rain falls into your gutters from the roof and does not have a clear path to drain, the strain from the additional weight can cause them to break off from the house, causing further damage to your home. It’s important to routinely clean your gutters and, the more often you do it, the easier it will be.

Locate Dead Trees and Limbs

Other common yet often preventable hazards are dead or loose tree limbs that hangover or near your home. In many cases, all it takes is a strong wind for them to snap or knock free and fall onto your home, causing structural damage to your roof or siding and letting the elements inside.

Especially in the spring and summer, when branches are covered with sprouted leaves and flowers, it’s easy to spot which limbs are dead and which are healthy and strong (dead branches won’t produce leaves).

Depending on the equipment you have and the height and size of the dead or decaying branches, this may be a job you perform safely on your own or it could be time to hire an outside contractor.

While hiring a contractor can be expensive, it’s still cheaper than repairing your roof and is especially important when working near powerlines.

Effective Landscaping

While trees and their limbs may be the biggest threat to the roof and exterior of your home, the layout/structure of your lawn may also be impactful.

Most people like to surround their home with flower beds walled off by some sort of edging, whether that’s stone or metal. While this looks neat and creates a clear barrier, this can also hold water near the foundation of your home and cause your basement to flood during heavy rain.

Another landscaping issue can be ground slopes that run toward your home. This can lead water toward your home, which can also cause your basement to flood or even damage the foundation.

Take a look at your landscaping for these issues and try to repair them before the next major storm hits our area.

Reinforce and Repair Exterior

There are several additional preventative measures you can take to weatherize your home. One common precautious is to install storm windows, which will better withstand Mother Nature’s rage.

It’s also vital to look for damage to your home caused by previous bouts with severe storms or natural wear and tear.

Is your home roof missing any shingles? Are there cracks or loose pieces of siding? Are your doors and windows properly sealed?

All these repairs can be done over the course a few hours and will go a long way in helping your home withstand the long- and short-term effects of severe storms.

Has your home experienced storm damage? Are you worried about the adverse effects of the next major storm on your home? Reach out to Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling at 800-436-7510 and our team of experts will be able to help you.