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Storm Damage Prevention Awareness

6/23/2014 (Permalink)

Follow these tips to prevent damage to your home in the event of a storm.

Follow These Tips For Storm Damage Prevention

 Powerful natural phenomena such as thunderstorms and tornados often strike with little warning and are capable of leaving behind complete devastation. Hurricanes give more warning but may be even more damaging. By investing time in preventative measures, your risk of experiencing storm damage is greatly decreased.

 Keep Trees Trimmed

     There is no doubt trees can cause damage and be damaged in storms. However, appropriately placed and maintained trees can help reduce damage to structures in storms by deflecting wind, and reduce damage to trees. Appropriate actions includes proper placement and planting, and structural pruning prior to the storm. Species selection can also be somewhat helpful in avoiding some damage. Actions in the weeks and years following a strong storm can help bring damaged trees back to health.

  • Trim tree limbs away from your home's roof on a regular basis. Roof damage associated with storms is often caused by overgrown trees. Regular trimming reduces the chances of fallen limbs harming your home or vehicle.
  •  Put Away Movable Objects

  • Store light and movable items such as outdoor furniture and lawn decorations. These items can be swept up by strong winds and thrown at doors, windows and vehicles.
  •  Manage Leaks

  • Repair all leaks. Even the smallest of untreated leaks can quickly grow into a deluge during heavy rains and cause an unlimited amount of damage to a home. All leaks should be properly repaired immediately.
  •  Protect Your Vehicle

  • Park your vehicle under an awning or in a garage. Vehicles are always at a very high risk of suffering storm damage because they usually are parked outside. If protected parking is unavailable, park far away from trees, telephone poles and objects at risk of falling or moving.
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