How to Prepare Your Home for Storm Damage

Your home is one of your greatest and biggest investments, and it should be protected from the possibility of damage should storms happen. Whether you are in hurricane or tornado country, storm damage is something you can try to prevent. Of course, if a category 5 hurricane or an F5 tornado is bearing down on your home, then that is a totally different story. If you are merely facing lower category storms, there are ways for you to protect your home from severe storm damage.

How can you protect your home from the damage that a storm can bring? What measures should you employ to ensure that any damage and destruction to your property is kept to a minimum? Here are some tips you can try:

Install stormproof doors on your home – if you live in an area that is known to have its fair share of stormy weather, it might be a good idea to have your outer doors replaced with ones that are considered stormproof. There are some doors that are known to withstand the pressure and strength of tornado force winds, and these are what you should ask about.

Make sure your roof is secure – another problem people face when they are not prepared for strong storms is that of a roof blowing off in strong winds. Weak connections can easily see your roof flying away when a storm hits. To make sure that your roof stays in place during these events, you should have hurricane clips installed on your roof. Installing hurricane clips will help prevent your roof from flying off in a storm. Just make sure you choose the right uplift protection for your home when you have these installed.

Install window shutters – another step you need to take when you are storm proofing your home is to have window shutters installed. There are window shutters that you can simply roll down or expand before a storm, and there are those that you clip on to your windows before a storm hits. Sometimes called hurricane shutters, window shutters protect your windows from flying debris by choosing the appropriate shutters for your home.

Reinforce your garage doors – having weak garage doors during a storm can wreak havoc on a home. Once you lose your garage door in high winds, you can say goodbye to your roof as well. To ensure that your garage door stays in place during a storm, you can either replace it with a more durable one or reinforce the one you have with a vertical bracing system that helps anchor your garage door to the wall and the floor during these storms.

Have a sump pump ready – another cause of serious home damage from storms is flooding. Being prepared with a sump pump can help reduce damage from flooding considerably. This pump is installed in the lowest part of your home, and it’s used to keep these areas dry by sucking in any water that finds its way there and discharges it outside of the home via a pipe attached to the pump. Some of these submersible pumps work automatically and turns on the moment the floater in the sump pit starts to rise. This is a good piece of equipment to have in your home, particularly if flooding does become a problem in your area during storms. You can have a professional install this for you to ensure that it works properly.
These are just a few of the things you need to do in order to protect your home from serious storm damage. In order to find out more about storm proofing and what you should do to ensure your home survives the next storm, you should contact Handy Crew today. We will be happy to help you with any of your storm proofing needs.

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