You know what they say, April showers bring May flowers. With winter finally loosening its grip on the Springfield, MO area, spring is finally starting to show its true colors. Along with warmer temperatures comes increased probability of storms. What can you do to protect your home from storm season? Keep reading to find out.
1. Prepare Ahead Of Time
One of the most common reasons for flooding homes is a subpar roof. Any weakness, whether it be misplaced shingles or cracks in your roof or foundation, can lead to catastrophic flooding. Between the last snow and the first major storms of summer is the perfect time to have your routine roof inspections, both on your roof itself and attic.
2. Check Your Surroundings
With heavy summer storms and possibly even tornadoes come gusty winds. Unfortunately, overhanging branches and trees are often overlooked in the preparation process. Cut back any heavy branches that are near your home. This does more than protect your roof. Windows, decking, and landscaping can be devastated as well without adequate preparation.
3. Clear Your Gutters
Both before and after storms, it is vital to clear any debris from your gutters. As limbs and leaves gather in your gutters, water begins to pour close to your foundation, easily causing permanent damage. Use a reaching tool if at all possible and always be sure to have someone hold your ladder if you can’t reach that high. Your gutters can’t clear themselves if you get hurt in the process!
4. Cover Your Windows And Doors
A storm doesn’t have to involve snow, hail, or rain. Though unexpected, wind can cause great amounts of damage as well. Covering your windows and doors with steel or aluminum storm shutters not only protects the windows and doors themselves, but your valuables and loved ones sheltered inside as well.
There’s no way to prevent the storms of spring and summer, but you can never be too prepared. Taking these four steps will prepare your home for the worst, limiting repair and replacement costs throughout the season. If you’re in the Springfield area and have any concerns as summer approaches, please call us at 417-869-0444 or schedule an estimate online now.