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Securing the Exterior of Your Home Before Storms | SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis

9/18/2023 (Permalink)

Empty parking lot with lots of greenery shown during a heavy downpour of rain. Have you been impacted by the unusual summer storm season? SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis has your back when you experience flood and water damage.

For those who live near St. Francis, it’s not uncommon to see a rain or wind storm around this time in the summer. When it comes to safeguarding your home against these storms, being proactive is key.

From wind and rain to hail and floods, storms pose various risks that can result in significant damages. Taking steps to storm-proof the exterior of your house can help mitigate risks and prevent costly repairs.

Preparing for the Season

Protecting your home from storms doesn’t have to be a daunting task. In fact, many storm-proofing measures can be seamlessly integrated into your regular routines. Get the whole family involved and turn it into a fun activity!

Regardless of your location, strong winds and heavy rain can pose a threat to your home. Trim trees near your property, regularly clean your gutters and remove loose debris to minimize the risk of flying objects damaging windows or water pooling in your basement. Don’t forget about your patio furniture either—secure it or find a safe storage space when storms are on the horizon.

Take a walk around your property to identify any gaps or deteriorated wood. Maintaining caulking around window and door frames can prevent potential leaks during heavy rain. Regularly inspect your roof after every wind event and at least once every four months. Promptly replace any missing or loose shingles and be on the lookout for openings around gutters, edges, or chimney areas.

Enhancing Your Home’s Storm Readiness

While many storm preparations can be done without incurring additional costs, there are certain considerations based our area that may require upgrades.

Storm shutters are a valuable investment, especially if you live in an area prone to strong winds. Upgrading your windows to thicker materials that can withstand severe weather can also provide added protection. In densely forested areas, installing gutter guards can help prevent clogs and potential water damage.

Consider reinforcing outbuildings and modular homes with additional bracing or structural tie-downs to ensure they stay intact during intense storms.

One last step to take to protect yourself? Always have multiple ways to receive weather alerts and designate a safe space within your home for quick response during severe storms.

If your home does take damage, remember that SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis is available 247 to get your home back in order swiftly.

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