Protecting Your Home From Summer Storms | SERVPRO of Houston County
Here in Houston County, it is not uncommon to see severe weather. At this time of year, we’re engulfed in hot and humid days, creating a perfect atmosphere for storms, including thunderstorms and even tornadoes.
That’s why it is important to take time now to prepare your home against storm damage. Start with these steps:
Preparing your Houston County house for storms doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, many of your everyday activities or household chores may already be a part of storm prep.
That lawn work you have planned for next weekend? That’s storm prep. By taking a close look at your yard, trimming tree branches and removing debris, you are preventing those objects from becoming flying projectiles in the case of a storm.
Keep a close eye on other objects around your house and property, too. Furniture, appliances and other objects that stay outside permanently should be tied down or otherwise secured so that they cannot become airborne.
You also need to check your house structure itself. To avoid potential leaks during periods of heavy rain, it’s essential to maintain the caulking around window and door frames. You should also have your roof checked regularly, particularly after storms, looking for loose shingles or gaps.
Though many storm preparations are cost-free, you may also want to take extra precautions to safeguard your house.
It is wise to invest money on storm shutters, especially if you live in a wind-prone area like ours, and buying stronger, more fortified windows can also be helpful. If your property is filled with trees, consider installing a gutter guard to keep branches and other debris out of your gutters. This will allow water to continue flowing properly when it rains.
If you live in a modular home, invest in strong tie-downs to brace the home against winds. And remember to evacuate your home for a safer space when a severe storm or tornado is possible.
Make sure you have at least two methods for receiving storm alerts so you’ll know when you need to seek shelter inside your home or move to a safe space.
Remember, in the event of storm damage, SERVPRO of Houston County is available 24⁄7 to restore your home to preloss condition.