Summer is almost here and that means storms are just around the corner. While all that rain may help cool things off, it can put your home at risk for water damage. While an experienced storm damage restoration team will be able to fix most problems caused by harsh weather, it’s best if you can avoid the damage in the first place. Here are a few simple ways to prevent storm damage and subsequent issues from doing long-term harm to your house.
3 Ways to Prevent Storm-Related Water Damage
1. Prune Your Trees
Whether it’s a hurricane or tropical storm that batters the coast, you can always count on high winds causing a lot of problems. One of the most common causes of leaks and roof damage is due to falling limbs, but there’s a simple way to prevent this problem. Before the first storm hits, have your trees professionally pruned and remove any dead or low-hanging limbs. This will reduce the risk of a falling limb damaging the roof or siding.
2. Clean Out Your Gutters
If your gutters are clogged, runoff from the roof collects between the gutters and the home’s siding. Over time, this can lead to mold and mildew growth in the walls as well as weaken the integrity of your roof, making leaks more frequent. Have the gutters cleaned and inspected for damage at least once in the spring and again before winter. This way, you’ll never have to worry about backed up gutters and all excess water can flow off the roof and away from the home easily.
3. Fix Existing Roof Damage
Anytime the materials of the roof are compromised or damaged, they can allow water to seep inside the attic. Walk around the exterior of the home and give the roof a quick visual inspection. If you see any shingles or roofing material that is peeling up, missing, or cracked, have a roofing contractor come make the necessary repairs. This will help protect the home during periods of heavy rainfall and will reduce the number and frequency of leaks you see in the house.
At SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach, their dedicated team understands the unique hazards Florida homeowners face each year. Whether you’re in need of water damage restoration or want an experienced professional to handle extensive carpet cleaning after a flash flood, they’re ready to help. Learn more about their services online and call (904) 429-4457 to schedule an estimate today.