Rain, wind and snow storms can damage your home. Unfortunately, the types of damages are virtually limitless. A storm damage restoration professional can help, but it’s worthwhile to avoid the damages before they occur. To do so, you’ll need to be knowledgeable about the three most prevalent storm damages. Let’s check them out.
One: Wind Damage
While wind normally doesn’t remove an entire roof, it can still peel off its shingles. Shingles become loose over time, and a harsh wind storm can damage any pre-existing problem areas. Wind damages also extend to a home’s gutter network, which can become loose with repeated exposure to wind. To prevent wind damage, you should routinely inspect the exterior of your home to make sure your shingles, siding, and other components are properly secured.
Two: Water Damage
Water damage is one of the most prevalent damages caused by heavy rain, sleet, or hail. While some locations are more prone to heavy rainfall than others, a single rainstorm can spell disaster for a house. If you have a basement, you’ll need to check for flooding. If your gutters are loose, they may spill water into your home’s walls. Double-check your windows and doors, too, as heavy rainfall can result in stains, saturated carpets, and mold growth.
Three: Fire Damage
While uncommon, fire damage does occur and can cause extensive damage to your home. Don’t underestimate the power of electricity. Even if lightning doesn’t strike your house, a power surge can blow out sockets, spark the furniture, and result in burnt carpets. Raw voltage in the wrong place, in fact, can cause serious fire damage. Fire damage is particularly prevalent during dry spells—where little moisture exists to reduce the risk of fire. To protect your home and family, make sure your smoke alarms are in proper working order by testing them every month.
At the end of the day, a little prevention goes a long way. Make sure your home is protected before a storm hits. If your doors need to be re-sealed, contact a professional. It’s a good idea to check your windows, gutters, and plumbing system, too. While wind, water, and fire damage don’t impact every household, they’re still prevalent. Stay safe, and defend your home from the world’s elements.