How to Protect Your Home from Storm Damage

Storms can wreak havoc on your home and lead to thousands of dollars worth of damage here in Indianapolis, Indiana. There are also some risks to you and your family’s health if the damage isn’t spotted or corrected as soon as possible. While you can’t predict the kind of damage a storm might cause, you can minimize it to some extent by making sure your home is ready for it.

Roofing

You can save yourself a lot of grief and money by making sure that your roof is in good condition. If it’s not strong and resilient, you’ll have to deal with massive leaks, water damageor even flooding during a storm. Inspect your roof thoroughly and keep the following points in mind:

  • See if there are any damaged shingles
  • Make sure that the sheathing is secure
  • Ensure that the shingles are tightly connected and flat
  • Look for any sort of cracks in the shingles along the ridges and cap
  • Make sure that the sheet metal areas aren’t damaged or rusted

Trees and Dead Branches

If there are any large trees near the structure of your house, carefully inspect them for any loose or dead branches and remove them. You should also check to see if the tree is strong enough to withstand high winds. If the tree is healthy and thriving, it’ll most likely endure. If not, it’s best to trim it, remove it or cut it down.

Keep the Gutters Clean

Many people forget to clean or repair gutters, which eventually leads to flooding and massive home repair costs. Clogged gutters help drain rainwater and stop leaks or other such problems. Keep them clean and in good repair before the storm season hits.

Along with all these precautions, make sure that all your doors, windows, and garage door are strong and can withstand the storm to some extent. If you follow these directions, you can protect your home from damage. If damage does occur, you should call a professional residential builder to address it. 

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