As the seasons begin to transition into spring, there is an increased chance of high winds, tornados, and thunderstorm damage. Fortunately, there are many ways to help protect your home from damage during this transitional season. Our team at Aftermath Adjusters has prepared eight ways to help you prevent thunderstorm damage this spring.
Clean out the drains, downspouts, and gutters on your house. Clearing out all the debris will eliminate the blockages that have formed and will help your roof drain properly. Check for any damage caused by ice and snow, and make sure all connections are set securely.
Siding and Roof
Look over your roof and siding for damage in order to prevent any seemingly harmless leaks from causing further damage to your home. Sideways rain can seep through lose or missing shingles, cracked or peeling caulk, and peeling or chipped paint. If you have an older roof, contact an expert to inspect your roof.
Check to make sure that your sump pump is working properly. This will help prepare you for any severe storm that leads to flooding. It is also a good idea to have a backup battery on hand, especially if your neighborhood has had power outages before.
Inspect the trees around your property for any damage. That way, you can spot potential hazards that have been worsened by a destructive winter. Look for any weak or dead branches that could fall on your home, driveway, utility lines or any other structures on your property. If any branches or trees look suspicious, call an arborist or the service company to trim around the power lines.
Look around for any damaged utility poles or loose wires. Contact the service company if there are any power lines that are hanging low, or the poles seem to be unsecured or leaning. It is difficult for them to keep track of the many poles and wires in every neighborhood. Therefore, calling them will help keep the area safe.
Check for any sign of animal infestation, such as raccoons, birds, bats, or mice. Some indications to look out for are:
- Drilling areas from insects or birds
- Chew marks on wood or wiring
- Entry holes close to the ground or near eaves
- Shredded materials near the foundation
- Animal droppings in attics or crawl spaces
Inspect your foundation or walkways for cracks. They can cause hazardous structural damage in foundations, severe leaks, or dangerous gaps along steps or walkways.
Anchor outdoor furniture and fixtures in place to prevent them from flying away during a windy storm. These objects can become dangerous projectiles in a storm, causing damage to you and your neighbors’ property.
Prepare for a spring storm now so that you can save yourself trouble, money, and time later.
Even with the best preparations, thunderstorm damage and loss can still occur. If you end up experiencing destruction from a storm, contact the professionals at Aftermath Adjusters & Consulting LLC. We can help you file your insurance claim correctly. For a free consultation, fill out a contact form on our website or call 954-329-2456 to speak with an expert today!