Whether you live in the Midwest or the southeastern region of the United States, your home and property face the possibility of being damaged by high wind gusts. It is especially important before hurricane season strikes that southeastern residents prepare their homes for the possibility of big storms.
One of the most recommended tips for preparing your home and property is to trim the trees located around your house that could potentially become missiles targeting your house. Also, it is recommended that any object in your yard that is not fastened to the ground either be brought inside the house or tied down.
Review the following checklist for tips on how to protect your home from potential wind damage;
Prior to a Wind Storm
- Roof Rafters – Examine roof sheathing (boards or plywood nailed to the roof rafters) to ensure the nails are hammered into the rafters;
- Shutters – Install storm shutters for windows and doors;
- Chimneys – Seal around chimneys or vent pipes;
- Roof – If your roof leaks, secure it with tarps to prevent water from causing additional damage until it can be fixed;
- Doors – Secure doors by nailing bolts into the framing on both the top and bottom of the door;
- Trees – Trim trees so branches are not touching your house and remove all dead branches; and
- Insurance – Contact your insurance company to learn more about your insurance coverage policy.
During and After a Wind Storm
- Sliding Glass Doors – Prevent sliding glass doors from opening by inserting a dowel into its track;
- Lawn Ornaments – Secure lawn furniture, ornaments, grills and other items to the ground or bring them inside the house or garage;
- Shingles – Check for loose shingles; and
- Insurance – Contact your insurance company to report any claims.
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