Preparing For Spring Storms
Spring storms can be unpredictable and even dangerous; heavy rain and high winds are not uncommon, with flooding and damage to buildings and large vegetation are often a result. Being prepared for whatever may come is a smart way to stay safe and to prevent as much damage as possible. Here are some preparation tips for spring storms that you can use for your home or business:
Conduct an inspection of your home or business and grounds before inclement weather hits; a leaky roof or windows can cause big problems during heavy rainfall and strong winds. Ensure that all your exterior doors and windows fit correctly and are weather-stripped appropriately. Roofing should be inspected and repaired ahead of spring storms so it will withstand the possible windy conditions. Loose shutters are another weak spot.
Unstable large trees and bushes can be a danger in high winds. Trim back trees and bushes with large heavy branches that are not in good condition so that windows and vehicles are not in danger of being destroyed by flying debris.
Many neighborhoods have drainage ditches or creeks that are meant to handle excess water. Take time to inspect these areas and remove debris or dirt that might obstruct the flow of water from heavy rain. A clogged drainage ditch or creek bed can cause a lot of damage by flooding property during, or even after, a storm. Drainage can be an issue in parking areas as well, so you will want to consider sand-bagging in some instances.
Most of us use our cell phones to communicate these days, but in the case of a bad storm, your cell phone service could be at risk. You might consider installing a good old-fashioned landline in case area cell phone towers are damaged or go down, or you may want to purchase an emergency radio and a supply of batteries for it so that you can stay on top of area alerts.
The SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties team is here to help in the event of storm damage, fire damage, or mold issues, and we are faster to disasters of any size. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well - ask us how. This franchise is independently owned and operated.