3 Main Threats That Storms Bring | SERVPRO® of Tallahassee
Severe storms can be devastating to homeowners. Even though modern homes are built to withstand more extreme weather nowadays, almost every home or property will succumb to damages at some point when a storm rolls into town.
Depending on what kind of storm or event occurs, your home may be at risk of different levels of damage. A lot comes into play when considering your personal risk level. From the landscape around your home to the quality of materials with which your house was built, each factor is important.
In Florida, we are at risk of severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and torrential rains. By knowing what kinds of weather could affect us here, it can help you be more prepared for what could come.
If you do suffer damages to your home, be cautious about staying inside your house while repairs are being done. Sometimes damages are easily visible, but other times they can be hard to see but are causing structural issues.
The three main threats from storm are wind, water and impact damages:
Wind can cause massive destruction in a short amount of time. Wind produced by tornadoes and hurricanes are the most common sources of damaging winds, but even the strongest of thunderstorms can cause winds of up to 100 mph.
Wind can toss debris around your property and cause damage to your vehicles and home. It is best to always stay inside and away from windows when a storm is in our area. If you have time ahead of any storm, tie down any untethered furniture and clear away any tree limbs or branches.
Damage from water happens often during and after storms. Downpours can cause issues inside your home if the seals around your windows and doors aren’t waterproof, and if water seeps into your foundation, it can cause structural issues.
Consider landscaping and grading your property to help route water away from your foundation. You can also build a rain garden, which is an aesthetically pleasing way to prevent water from pooling near your home.
Paying special attention to your gutters should also make the top of your storm preparation list! Keeping them clear and unclogging blockages helps prevent water from pooling on your roof and eventually making its way into your attic and walls.
Impact damage from falling trees or flying debris can cause some of the most widespread damage the fastest. The best way to attempt to avoid these damages is by keeping your property tidy and taking down any dead limbs or trees often.
Weather-related disasters are costly. In 2021 alone, over $145 billion of damages occurred in the United States. By incorporating some of these tips, you can help save yourself time and money by keeping your household safer and more secure.
When you are faced with storm damages, call us at SERVPRO of Tallahassee immediately. Our quick and thorough response will ensure that your restoration is done properly.
When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get your storm damage restoration started faster.