A severe storm can hit at any time of the year. You might be scoffing at the idea of a thunderstorm causing any sort of damage to the neighborhood. In reality, it happens way more often than we like to imagine. Yes, even a thunderstorm can lead to property damage. If you’re actively trying to avoid water damage in your home, you need to take precautionary methods now. If, despite preparations, you do experience damage, don’t hesitate to schedule professional water damage restoration.
One of the biggest concerns with storm damage is the rainfall. Excess stormwater runoff can easily overwhelm man-made systems and lead to property damage. Here are a few tips to contend with the water before it causes problems:
Your home’s landscaping is the first line of defense against rising stormwater. First off, it’s best to keep your landscape thoroughly trimmed back from the house and roof by at least 6 feet. Then, remove any dead wood by trimming the trees regularly to avoid shingle damage or roof leaks. Lastly, secure outdoor items, including grills or picnic tables, to avoid flying debris.
Your gutters are designed to channel excess rainwater away from the house and roof to a nearby location. If the gutters are clogged, your upper floors, roof, and attic may be subject to extensive water damage before long. You should clean the gutters occasionally to remove dirt, leaves, and other debris.
The ventilation in your attic is crucial to reduce the risk of water damage from overhead. During storms and the winter months, snow, ice, and rain may accumulate on the roof. However, if your attic ventilation is inadequate or clogged, it can lead to water damage by letting water into the shingles.
On occasion, check the sealants around your home. You’ll want to closely examine the windows, chimneys, skylights, and siding for decaying sealant or gaps. If you find any, use caulk, tar, or silicone to prevent storm and water damage from entering your home.
If you notice any issues with your roof, have them repaired immediately. Do not rely on DIY roofing repair, either. You’ll want to schedule professional roof repair for missing or damaged shingles. A missing shingle is a potential weak point that allows water into the home from above and causes rot, mold growth, and damage.
David Tynes is the general manager of Restoration of Greater Minneapolis. David has years of experience in home and commercial restoration, and he is certified as a restoration professional by the IICRC.