Hurricane season often brings fear of a storm damaging your home. While you can’t control the weather, you can take action to protect your home from storm damage.
A few tasks could significantly affect how prepared you are to go through a storm. Here are seven tips to protect your home from storm damage.
Rain rarely hurts trees, but high winds can cause vulnerable branches and trees to fall. Fallen branches can cause damage to your home, vehicles, or your neighbor’s property. Tree trimming allows wind to pass through, which minimizes the risk of trees falling over.
You’ll want to strategically remove branches that are at risk of falling or in a position to cause significant damage. For best results, consider hiring professional arborists or a tree trimming company to safely and efficiently remove branches.
Your roof protects your home from the rain and wind. Before a storm hits, you should ensure every shingle is properly fitted, secure, and undamaged. Even if one shingle is out of place, it could introduce moisture into your home and lead to problems like mold or mildew. You’ll also want to inspect your roof after a storm to ensure no damage was done.
Take a walk around to inspect your home for weak spots at risk of storm damage. You can check the siding to ensure there are no issues. Consider adding weatherstripping on doors and windows. You should also look at your fence to confirm it’s firmly planted in the ground.
Electricity can sometimes go out during a storm. It may take some time for it to restore, so you should prepare yourself with a backup power plan. This could be as simple as candles or flashlights. A more high-tech approach may involve buying a generator to keep your fridge, fan, and other essentials running.
A sump pump protects your basement from flood and water damage. A sump collects water while the pump moves the water outside your home. If you have a sump pit in your home, inspect it to see if it’s working. One way to do this is by slowly pouring five gallons of water into the pump pit. It should turn on when it reaches a predetermined level.
An emergency plan ensures everyone in your household knows what to do in the worst-case scenario. A storm plan may include identifying the safest location in your home to wait out the storm or an evacuation plan.
Preparing for a storm is the best way to prevent damage and keep your home and family secure. If you’re looking for a tree trimming service in Massachusetts, consider Marquis Tree. We serve several areas, including Billerica, Burlington, Concord, Lexington, Bedford, Winchester, Carlisle, and Lincoln.
Our experienced team utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and expert climbing skills to remove potentially dangerous branches from your trees. You can request a free quote by filling out our online contact form or giving us a call at 781-860-9618.