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10 Do It Yourself Tips to Prepare for a Storm

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

House in the rain Rain pouring on a house.

Storms of all sizes often come when you least expect it, sometimes the damages left behind are devastating and sometimes they go unnoticed, little by little, causing small damages that eventually amount to something much more severe down the road. Here are 10 do it yourself tips to prepare for a storm:

1). Cover Outdoor Items

Outdoor furniture, barbecues, outdoor equipment, and firewood with heavy duty tarps.

2). Sandbags

If your property tends to collect a lot of water (wether or not your home is in a high-risk area) use sandbags to divert water to drainage areas.

3). Trim Trees

When trees become absorbed with rainwater, weak trees can snap or become easily uprooted.

4). Roof, Skylights and Flashing. 

Leaks often occur at the flashing in valleys or where pipes penetrate the surface. Seal these with asphalt roofing cement.

5). Clean (Gutters and Downspouts)

If your house is surrounded by trees, you should clear the gutters and remove any leaves or debris. When gutters and downspouts clog with leaves and debris, water overflows and spills down where it can damage walls and footings. 

6). Repair (Gutters and Downspouts)

Repair sagging or leaking gutters and make sure downspouts carry drainage away from the house. 

7). Inspect House Siding. 

Check for previous damage, cracks and holes. Seal up leaks with paintable or clear caulk. Make sure the paint is in good condition. If it isn’t, consider getting the house painted before winter really sets in.

8). Windows and Doors 

Weather strip all the windows and doors to seal out drafts and minimize heat loss. 

9). Install (Storm Doors and Windows) 

If your home has a combination storm/screen door switch from screens to glass. Spray a little WD-40 on the storm door’s hinges and latches. Be sure the door closer is adjusted and working smoothly. 

10). Supply Kit 

Assemble a supply kit. Store important documents on thumb drives or hard drives located away from your home (or on the Cloud). Consider flood insurance; even if it isn’t located in a high-risk area.

If you have any storm damage needs call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo at (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened."

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