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3 tips to protect your home from storm damage

2/9/2023 (Permalink)

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Storms can cause catastrophic damage, both to your home and to the surrounding area. In order to protect your property and family from potential storm damage, it’s important to understand what kind of storm damage can occur and how to prevent it. Let’s take a look at 3 simple tips to help you and your family protect your home from storm damage.

Assess the Risks 

The first step in protecting your home from storm damage is assessing the risks. If you live in an area that experiences high winds or flooding, you need to take extra precautions. For example, if you live in a hurricane-prone area, consider investing in impact-resistant roofing materials, window shutters, and other items that will help protect your home from wind and water damage. Additionally, make sure trees and shrubs around your house are trimmed regularly so they don’t become projectiles during strong wind gusts. 

Have an Emergency Plan 

It’s also important to have an emergency plan for storms that could potentially affect your area. Make sure all family members know where to go and what actions they should take in case of an emergency. Additionally, be sure everyone knows their contact information (phone numbers) so they can reach out for help if necessary. Having a plan and knowing who to call can help alleviate some of the stress associated with severe weather events. 

Prepare Your Home 

Finally, it’s important that you prepare your home for any possible storm damage before it happens. Here are a few simple tips to get you started:

  • Make sure all windows are securely closed
  • Install shutters on vulnerable areas of the house (such as windows or doors)
  • Clear gutters so water doesn’t accumulate around the foundation of the house
  • Secure loose objects outside (such as patio furniture) or bring them inside
  • Trim shrubs or trees around or near your home
  • Repair any damaged areas of your home

Storms can be incredibly damaging—and expensive—for homeowners who don't take preventive measures beforehand. By understanding what kind of storm damage can occur and preparing for it accordingly (assessing risks, having an emergency plan ready for when disaster strikes), you can reduce the risk of costly repairs down the road—and keep yourself safe at the same time.

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