10 Essential Tips for Effectively Reducing Property Storm Damage
A storm can only be forecasted in advance, but the damage caused by it can never be estimated beforehand. Before a storm hits an area, it is always advised that you be prepared for the worst and hope for the best to happen. Recently, Skylar, Riley and Cyclone Bomb devastated far and wide in the Bristol County area. From Raynham to Norton, Taunton to Easton, Mansfield to Berkley, Rehoboth to Dighton, and Seekonk to Swansea; everywhere was hit hard and properties were left damaged in the wake. SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is always dedicated to serving its community. We deliver the best storm, water and mold remediation to homeowners and offices to restore your damaged property to "Like it never even happened."
Here, we offer ten very useful tips to minimalize storm damage at your property:
Follow Official Storm Warnings
Once the concerned authorities have issued a storm warning, make sure you know where all family members and loved ones are and relocate if needed to a safe location within your house, shelter or a location that will not be effected by the storm. If the warning is higher, evacuation is strongly suggested for safety. Do not try to drive the roads sightseeing the scenery or repair any property damage once the storm hits.
Check Water Inlets/Outlets
Make sure that all inlets and outlets of the water/drain system are open and not clogged. Storms bring in debris, dirt, and garbage which can easily block the gutters and drains, causing water to pool in or flood into significant areas of your house/office. Seek competent water damage services.
Inspect Water Pipes
In winter, ensure that all hot water tanks and pipes are insulated properly to prevent them from freezing. In summer, keep all release points free of any and all obstructions. Maintain a regular checkup, before and after a storm.
Trim Risky/Damaged Foliage
Keep the trees in your yard in check. Make sure that there are no dangling branches which may be risky or dangerous during the high and strong winds of a storm. Any breakage could damage roofs, windows, and walls.
Secure All Fences
White picket fences or any other decorative fences may not be strong enough to survive through a storm. Even if you have a metal mesh fencing, always check that the fence is securely grounded, otherwise remove it completely.
Check Property Roofing
If you have shingles, roof insulations, roof tiles, decorative roofing, keep a detailed check on any areas that might be chipping off or breaking. Any loose fragments in the roofing will break, fall and damage the house.
Store Outdoor Furniture
Garden furniture, patio furniture, deck furniture, decorative gnomes, tables, etc., basically anything which is not tied down or fastened into the ground, remove it and store it in the shed, garage or basement.
Maintain Water Temperature
Depending on the seasons, there is always a recommended maintenance temperature for pipes, boilers, water systems, etc. This is to ensure that the water does not freeze or heat up enough to a steam. Follow the recommended guidelines.
Revisit Home Insurance
The most important thing to do before and after a storm is to check your home insurance. Much of the damage done to your property may be covered by the insurance. Get professional help to assess what you can get help with.
Professional Mold Remediation
Mold growth is one of the most visible outcomes of storm damage to the property. Since there is too much influx of water in all the gutters, pipes, downspouts, etc., there is bound to be pooling of water at some place. If this water is left as it is, it will surely become the breeding ground for mold. After a storm, we recommend that you get professional mold remediation service to inspect, assess and treat your property.
SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield offers the best storm damage restoration for homeowners as well as business owners. If you’re facing issues due to storm, water and mold damage, give us a call at (508) 824-0200.