Six Ways to Protect Your Home Before A Storm
1. Reduce flying debris
If you see any tree branches near or hanging over your structure, the best solution may be to cut them off. You can also secure weak and loose fencing and anchor any heavy objects around your yard into the ground.
2. Replacing windows and exterior doors
If possible, consider replacing your windows and outside doors with pressure and impact resistance improvements so that you can have better protection from the outside force of a storm.
3. Inspect and repair your roof
Inspect your roof and overhang to look for signs of wear or damage. This is crucial to prevent water from entering through the cracks and damages your ceilings, causing mold.
4. Check caulking
Make sure the caulking around your windows and doors are in good shape and not cracked or broken. If there are any gaps, make sure to get a caulk gun to fill up holes around pipes or wires that enter your building. This will reduce the risk of leaks from wind-driven rain.
5. Inspect carports and other attached structures
Have porches, carports, entryway canopies, and storage sheds inspected to make sure they are firmly attached and in good condition.
6. Create an inventory list
This can help you out when filing an insurance claim.
Taking these preventative measures can help you before a storm hits. However, if your property does suffer damage from a storm. Our SERVPRO® of Novato/San Rafael/Sausalito team of professionals are either a click or call away.
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