Tips To Prepare Your Roof And Yourself For Storm Season
The unpredictable storms that accompany Spring and Summer have arrived.
Using the tips below, you can keep your home and family prepared for their often destructive impact.
- Check for any branches overhanging your roof and home, and trim them.
Having overhanging branches may result in their getting torn loose during a storm and landing on your roof, causing damage.
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- Be sure all gutters are clear and flowing freely.
Clogged gutters can allow water to back up and flow into the home, as well as putting excessive weight on the gutters themselves.
- Examine your roof for any obviously damaged or missing shingles.
While roofs typically last 20-25 years, excessive storms may shorten their lifespan and result in shingle loss or damage.
Here in the Midwest, the severe storms may cut the life of your roof in half. This is one of the reasons insurance companies recommend yearly inspections of your roof for any damage.
- Inspect the interior side of your roof.
Take advantage of a sunny day to check the attic or crawlspace that is the bottom side of your roof, and look for any light streaming in.
Address these cracks and openings as quickly as possible, as hard rain from severe storms could cause serious water damage.
- Prepare yourself with flashlights with functional batteries in convenient locations.
Storms can take out power quite suddenly, and having flashlights handy is an important safety precaution.
- Have a designated room in your home with items such as a first aid kit and bottled water, for use in the event of a tornado.
- Create a storm safety plan with your family.
Make sure each member knows what to do and where to go in the event of a tornado watch or warning.
Using these tips, you can minimize the danger of sudden and violent storms for your home and family.
Has a storm already passed through, or you saw some potential issues while checking your roof?