Many people have often joked that if you don’t like the weather in the Midwest, just wait a few minutes. And that saying does have a ring of truth to it, as it really is difficult for meteorologists to accurately predict day to day weather patterns. However, modern technology makes it darn near impossible to miss massive storm fronts and other indicators of colossal storms. If there is a massive storm looming on the horizon, there’s several things you can do to mitigate the brunt of the damage the storm inflicts upon your home. Fate favors the prepared, so keep the following tips in mind to protect your property.
Keep Trees Trimmed
After a heavy storm, it’s pretty common to see the ground littered with broken and fallen branches. In the heaviest storms, you’ll even see that some trees have completely fallen over, or that their largest branches came crashing to the ground. Unfortunately, this can cause a lot of problems – especially around power lines and near your home.
Not only can a fallen tree limb wreck the integrity of your roof, but they can also crash against the side of your house or smash through your windows. The good news is that many of these problems can be avoided by keeping trees appropriately trimmed.
Protect Your Windows
It may also be a good idea to invest in storm shutters, which are basically shields for your windows. They come in many varieties including plastic, metal, and even particle board. They’re really a long term investment that will guard your windows for years to come, and they can save a significant amount of money from hail and other storm related damage that may not be covered on your homeowners insurance policy.
Protect Your Roof
Most people don’t know that there are special shingles that are designed to be impact resist. In a heavy hail storm, these shingles can be a godsend that protect your roof from leaks that would cause mold, odors, and damage to your ceiling. They come in several varieties as well, but you’ll want to make sure you have class 3 or class 4 shingles to protect your roof.
Use Mulch and Wood Chips Instead of Gravel
Believe it or not, especially windy storms can blow gravel around that causes a lot of property damage. Not only can gravel damage the side of your home and crack windows, but they can also damage other objects such as your automobiles (which should be safely parked in the garage, if you have one).
Store Chemicals and Poisons Above Ground Level
You also want to make sure that you secure poisonous materials and chemicals in a high place. Unfortunately, floodwaters can mix with these chemicals and spread throughout your home. This poses a significant health hazard to your entire family, though it can be easily prevented with a little bit of prudence.
Even with the right preparations, a storm can still deal massive property damage. If you’re in a tight spot and need fast services such as water removal and restoration, we can provide assistance 24/7.