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Beyond Flooding: Understanding the Different Types of Storm Damage and How to Prepare

6/14/2023 (Permalink)

rain and gutter Storm damage can cause a variety of problems including your gutters and roof.

When most people think of storm damage, they often imagine heavy rains and flooding. However, storm damage can take many forms and can be caused by a variety of weather conditions.  Preventing storm damage in the first place can save you a lot of time, money, and stress. Some preventative measures include regular property inspections, trimming trees and branches near your property, securing outdoor items, installing storm shutters or impact-resistant windows, and reinforcing your roof. By taking these preventative measures, you can help minimize the risk of storm damage to your property and ensure the safety of your family during severe weather events. Here are some examples of storm damage that don't involve rain flooding.

High winds

Strong winds can cause extensive damage to your property, including roof damage, broken windows, fallen trees, and power outages. It's important to take precautions such as trimming trees, securing outdoor furniture, and boarding up windows to minimize the impact of high winds.

Hail

Hail can cause significant damage to your property, including dented roofing, broken windows, and damaged siding. If you notice any signs of hail damage, it's important to address it promptly to prevent further damage.

Lightning strikes

Lightning strikes can cause fires, power surges, and damage to electronics. It's important to have surge protectors and smoke detectors in place to minimize the impact of lightning strikes.

Tornadoes

Tornadoes can cause extensive damage to your property, including roof damage, broken windows, and collapsed structures. It's important to have a plan in place for tornadoes, including a designated safe room and emergency supplies.

Extreme temperatures

Extreme temperatures, such as heat waves or cold snaps, can cause damage to your property, including burst pipes and damaged roofs. It's important to take precautions such as insulating pipes and properly ventilating your home to prevent damage from extreme temperatures.

If your property has been affected by storm damage, it's important to take action quickly to minimize the impact and prevent further damage. This may include contacting your insurance company, taking photos of the damage, and making temporary repairs to prevent further damage, such as covering broken windows or tarping a damaged roof. It's also important to prioritize your safety and avoid entering your property if there is any risk of structural damage or electrical hazards. By taking swift action and working with professionals such as insurance adjusters and contractors, you can help get your property back to its pre-damaged state and ensure the safety and comfort of your family.

In conclusion, storm damage can take many forms and can be caused by a variety of weather conditions. By being aware of the potential sources of storm damage and taking preventative measures, you can help minimize the impact of storm damage on your property. It's also important to have a plan in place for emergencies and to stay informed about weather conditions in your area.

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