Keeping your home safe starts with understanding potential risks. This will allow you to be proactive and address concerns before they’re able to grow into more significant and costly problems. While some issues are out of your control and others may appear unexpectedly, the more you’re able to prepare for things, such as storms and disasters, can help to keep you stable when facing them. Here is how to assess potential storm or disaster damage threats around your home.
When considering storm damage, do you consider fire risks? Lightning strikes from summer storms are a real threat many homeowners don’t think about. According to the National Fire Sprinkler Association, newer homes will burn down 800% faster. Additionally, you should know you have about three minutes to get your family to safety after the fire alarm goes off. If you own a newer home, take action by developing an escape route with your family or adding additional fire extinguishers around the property.
Storm damage can start fires. A fire suppression system can help to reduce damage from a fire and help to reduce the risk of serious injury and fatalities from a home fire. You must protect your home from fire under all conditions, but consider the heightened risk when a storm is on the way.
If you have a variety of trees around your property, it’s essential that you understand the impact storms can have. According to the USDA Forest Service, trees can be an asset when planted properly and maintained for home energy efficiency by reducing air conditioning needs by approximately 30%. However, when ignored and left to grow wildly, trees can put your property and loved ones at risk during high-wind conditions.
A good rule of thumb is to have your trees professionally trimmed. Make sure limbs are away from the roof. Any sick or dying trees should be removed as soon as possible. Property damage and personal injury from falling trees during a storm are a controllable factor. Be diligent about keeping trees trimmed and healthy.
Old windows are a risk factor during any storm or natural disaster. According to the National Association of Home Builders, about 64% of homes with old windows have at least one window break in 155-mph winds. Of course, broken windows are a potential physical injury hazard, not to mention the broken window allows rain and other elements into your home, causing more potential damage.
If you have older windows, you can reduce the risk of damage by protecting them during a storm. Of course, storm-ready replacement windows are the best way to reduce future storm damage. Some newer windows are hurricane-rated and withstand severe wind and other weather elements. Talk to a professional window installer today to learn more about the costs associated with replacing windows throughout your home.
Sometimes, after a severe storm or natural disaster, the impact and risk of damage can linger for days, especially if you live near a body of water. Water damage can cause extensive damage that affects your home and your personal property. Sealing up any area where water can seep in can help you avoid the risk of severe water damage. If a basement normally takes on water during a storm, basement sealing and installing a sump pump can help. The easier it is for water to seep into your home, the more impactful it will be and the more harm it may cause.
There are a lot of potential risks to your property from storm and natural disaster damage. Assess your home for risks, ensure your homeowner’s insurance is up-to-date, and take the necessary precautions. Learn how to protect your home today by contacting local contractors or professionals. This will allow you to manage your concerns more easily and keep you, your loved ones, and your home safer.