How to Prevent Wind & Storm Damage
If you’ve lived in Idaho for any amount of time, then you’re probably no stranger to our occasional (and sometimes unexpected) wind storms. In the past few months alone, wind storms with gusts of up to 60 mph have left thousands temporarily without power, overturned semi-trucks, and toppled trees causing damage to nearby homes. While there isn’t much you can do to prevent these kinds of large scale mishaps, nobody can control the weather, there are steps you can take to better prepare your home or business for local wind storms. Here are a few simple steps you can take to help protect your properties from potential storm damage.
1. Inspect your siding and roofing.
The best way to prevent your siding, roofing, or shingles from blowing away with the wind is to make sure they are securely attached. If you notice any peeling or lifting on your home’s exterior, take the time to securely nail, glue, or secure it back down! Even if a wind storm isn’t strong enough to pull siding completely off of your home, it can leave it bent or twisted making DIY repairs much more difficult. A few minutes of simple preventative maintenance is well worth it!
2. Check for weak spots.
There are four primary areas on a property that should be checked for potential weaknesses. They are:
Check these areas of your home for weak points such as holes, cracks, loose nails or fastenings, rotting roof braces or trusses, and loose hinges. If you notice damage to any of these areas, make repairs while the problem is still mild! With the right conditions, wind storms can turn small weakness like these into a big vulnerability.
3. Thoroughly inspect detached structures.
You should check all your free standing buildings for structural integrity. These include things like sheds, garages, pop-up greenhouses, dog houses, chicken coops, and more. Even seasonal outdoor decor and furniture should be securely fastened during the windy seasons! This includes things like barbecue grills, trampolines, patio furniture, lamp posts, and garbage cans or dumpsters. Outdoor items that aren’t securely fastened down could be blown into your home or other outdoor structures and cause damage.
4. Keep up on lawn maintenance.
Keep your yard cleared of large branches, loose building materials, or any other loose debris. You should also keep trees and bushes trimmed away from your home. This way, branches don’t knock into your home during storms. If you have tree branches that have grown to the point that they knock into your roof regularly, it’s especially important to have these trimmed back ASAP!
5. Pay attention to weather forecasts.
One big key to keeping safe from inclement or extreme weather is to know when it’s coming! Even if your property is normally kept in tip-top shape, it’s always worth it to perform maintenance checks when weather alerts notify. Store away or tie down items that have been left out, clear fallen branches or loose stones from your lawn and sidewalk, and give everything a quick once over. It’s well worth it to take a few minutes to address small weaknesses. Taking these small steps can help prevent much larger, more expensive repairs down the line.
If your home or business does suffer damage as a result of a heavy wind storm, don’t worry. Elite Restoration offers 24/7 emergency service to assist you! We’ll repair any and all damage left behind after the storm. We work directly with your insurance to make sure that repairs are done as quickly and cost effectively as possible. To learn more about our storm and wind damage restoration services, view our full storm damage page here.