How To Prepare your Home For Storms and Hurricane season
Storm season is well upon us and that means our homes are under a lot more stress than they are used to. Hail, high winds, debris, and large amounts of rain can wreak havoc on our homes if we aren’t ready. Fortunately however, there are steps you can take to help prepare yourself and your home for these storms:
5 ways to prepare your home for storms to prevent damage
1. Inspect your gutters.
We get it, your gutters are probably the last thing on your mind when there is a massive storm headed your way but believe it or not the health of your gutters can greatly impact how well your home is prepared to deal with the large amounts of rain water. Gutters are made specifically to wick away fast moving water off of the roof and away from the foundation of the home, if your gutters are sagging or pulling away from the home or even if they are filled with debris they may not be doing there job which can lead to flooding or worse. Within the interior of your home.
Things to look for:
.Pieces of black asphalt dust from your roof (this could be a sign of a more serious problem with your roof)
.Sagging or pulling away from your home.
2. Landscaping…Trim those trees!
One of the major causes of damage to a home during a storm is falling debris from near by landscaping.
what you can do:
.Trim nearby and over hanging branches
.Make sure bushes are trimmed away from windows (to prevent shattering)
.Make sure there is a clear path for water drainage away from the home.
3. Prepare your windows.
How old are your windows? Are they double or triple paned? Do you have shutters? Looking into new storm proof windows can save you a lot of headache before a storm hits.
4. Test sump pumps and drains.
Test drains and sump pumps to be sure they’re working well. Keep fresh backup batteries on hand.
5. Contact your insurance company.
Do you know if your insurance will cover storm damages to your home? Talk to your agent and find out what you need to do in the event of a storm emergency to insure that you are covered.
Call K&P Roofing, Siding, and Home Improvement
If you find yourself in wake of a storm with a damaged roof, damaged windows, gutters or in need of other home repairs. Contact your local Louisville home improvement contractors and we will send one of our salesman to assess the damage and repairs. Stay safe this storm season Kentucky/