Your best defense against tumultuous weather is to storm-proof your house so that you’re prepared in the worst case scenario.
All across America, people face severe weather such as blizzards, hail storms, tornados, hurricanes, and more. Each region in the United States comes with various types of storms that can hit hard, and as weather patterns begin to shift, more and more areas and their residents are affected by these intense conditions. If a storm is headed your way, one of the best things you can do to prepare for extreme weather is to storm-proof your home.
Read more about how you can storm-proof your property below.
How to Storm-Proof Your House
Many different types of storms include strong winds. Below you’ll find three easy things you can do to storm-proof your home:
- Prepare Your Roof — Heavy snowfall, intense winds, and other types of severe weather can wreak havoc on your roof, especially in weak areas. Taking some time to repair your roof before a storm can help prevent leaks and further damage. So, a few days before a forecasted storm, carefully climb atop your roof to inspect it. Look for any signs of damage, such as shingles with cracks or rips, and for spots with missing shingles.
For any shingles that have become loose, lift their bottom edges and apply adhesive caulk to their underside, then press down firmly with your foot, applying plenty of pressure for several minutes so it can adequately set. For cracked or torn shingles, use the caulk directly on the tear to seal it. If you would rather, call a professional to take care of the inspection and repairs.
- Get Your Windows Ready — Glass is obviously fragile and is susceptible to damage during extreme storms. Unfortunately, windows are not exempt. If a major storm is coming your way, your best safeguard against shattered windows is to install and use storm shutters or to board them up with plywood.
For areas that experience severe weather conditions frequently, storm shutters might be your best option. Storm shutters are an effective solution to broken windows during storms. They come in several different styles, including accordion, roll-down, and more.
- Stop Potential Damage — It’s important to take some time to batten down the hatches when you know a storm is coming. Take a walk around your property and address any loose ends or projects you need to finish before the storm hits. For example:
- Clean your gutters. Big storms often come with rain, and your gutter system needs to be working efficiently.
- Trim overhanging branches. Whether you hire a professional or DIY, remove dead branches, weighty fruits (like coconuts), and any tree limbs that could cause damage.
- Bring in your outdoor furnishings. Move your outdoor furniture, grill, trampoline, and anything else that might blow away to a safer spot.
Contact Black Diamond Restoration
Unfortunately, taking time to storm-proof your house doesn’t guarantee your property will make it out without a scratch or two.
When disaster strikes, it’s important to have a trusted and experienced restoration team on speed dial, like the experts at Black Diamond Restoration. We are Utah’s local disaster remediation professionals and are ready to help you restore your home after fire and smoke, water and flood, storm disasters, and more. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year for emergencies. Contact the specialists at Black Diamond Restoration today. We serve Davis, Salt Lake, and Utah counties.