With springtime weather comes the increased risk of thunderstorms. While a bit of rainfall is a welcome part of spring, there are steps you can take to protect your home from any serious storm damage.
Weatherize the Exterior
Older homes may not be treated with weatherizing materials that protect your home from storm damage and rain. This could leave your roof, siding and windows vulnerable to the elements, such as water and hail. While weatherizing requires an upfront investment, it can save you thousands of dollars in the long term.
Keep Gutters Clean
Keeping gutters clean is one of the most important steps you can take when it comes to protecting your home from stormy weather. Winds often blow leaves and other debris into your gutters, or tear the gutters away from your home itself. Proper drainage is the key to keeping your roof in top condition, and accumulated debris or loose gutters allow water to pool and cause damage.
Minimize Basement Clutter
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, basement flooding happens. To prevent flooding, ensure that all downspouts on your roof are facing away from the foundation of your house, directing water away from the home. You should also keep clutter in the basement to a minimum in the event that a flood does occur. From furniture to boxes being kept in storage, the more clutter that is present in a basement, the more difficult it will be to clean up after a flood. Keep a non-electric water pump in an out-of-the-way location so you can immediately begin to move water out of your home if a storm results in a loss of power.
While most spring storms are mild, electrical outages are relatively common. Keep flashlights, batteries and basic supplies on hand at all times to avoid having to go out for supplies right before a storm hits.
Have an Inspection
A certified contractor can identify any leaks or weakness in your roofing materials. Debris on your shingles can easily turn into rot, resulting in thousands of dollars in repairs if left untreated. Replacing a roof can cost tens of thousands of dollars, so it is important to make a yearly inspection part of your spring cleaning routine to address issues as soon as they arise. Siding should also be inspected for any signs of leakage that could worsen in spring weather.
If you are looking for more ways to prepare your home for spring storms or to address existing damage, call Leaders in Disaster Restoration today. With more than two decades of experience in repair and restoration, we are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to restore your home after storm damage. Call today at (888) 874-7066 to set up a consultation and we will be happy to develop an action plan tailored to your home. LDR offers solutions for storm damage Janesville residents can trust.