Thunderstorms, rainstorms, hailstorms, monsoons – you name it, odds are we see it anytime from June-September here in the Heartland. These intense storms can mean strong winds, heavy downpours, hail, and tornadoes.
The risk of severe storm damage happening to your home is high during the summer months, especially if your home isn’t prepared to withstand strong storms. Flooding, missing gutters, hail damage, and missing shingles are just some examples of damage that can occur to your home as a result of a severe storm.
Luckily, there are measures you can take if you find your home has damage following a storm as well as ways to prevent storm damage. Keep reading for tips on how to deal with and prevent storm damage so your home and everyone inside can stay safe no matter the weather conditions.
How to Deal with Storm Damage
Missing shingles and fallen gutters, broken windows, and flooding – if these things occur to your home because of storm damage, there are some things you can do to remedy them.
If your home suffers from severe storm damage like structural damage and downed power lines, before you start contacting insurance companies to assess and repair damage, put your safety and your family’s safety first by contacting your local storm damage center or police station to make sure your home is safe. They can inspect your property and decide whether or not it’s safe to remain in your home.
Next, you’ll want to contact your home insurance provider to assess storm damage and to start the repair process right away. They’ll walk you through the process of dealing with storm damage and can help answer any questions you may have. Home insurance providers are there to help you in the event of a home emergency.
After you contact the respective parties and they deem it safe for you to inspect your home, look for flood damage and broken windows. If area rugs and carpets are soaked, then removing them can help prevent mold build-up. Also be sure to turn on ceiling fans and other fans throughout your home to help dry out any moisture. If you have broken windows or doors then carefully remove any shattered glass to avoid injury.
You’ll also want to contact your local electric company to report a power outage.
How to Diminish the Impact of Storm Damage
While there is no way to ensure absolutely no damage will occur to your home (thanks, Mother Nature!) there are some measures you can take to reduce certain kinds of storm damage. Follow the tips below to protect your home and your loved ones from storm damage year-round.
Invest in Home Insurance
If you own a home, one of the wisest decisions you can make to keep your home safe from storm damage is to invest in home insurance. There are a lot of companies to choose from, and while their policies differ slightly, they all exist for one reason: to protect your home’s structure and the things inside of it.
The actual physical structure of your home, any detached garages, sheds, fences, along with personal property like jewelry and furniture, can be protected and covered under most homeowners’ insurance policies. Some companies even offer coverage to replace food that spoils as a result of a long-term power outage.
Most homeowners’ insurance policies start at an affordable monthly payment and of course they’re a wise investment to protect your possessions and your home from severe storm damage. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Make the Switch to K-Guard
Another way you can minimize the impact of a storm? By making the switch to K-Guard, of course! Our gutter cover installation service is completely seamless and leaf-free. That’s right – you’ll never have to worry about clearing out leaves and debris from gutters following severe weather.
Another plus? Because K-Guard is mounted above the flood plain, no separation from the fascia and soffit can occur. Our gutter systems are made from all-weather polymers that will keep your gutter system intact through severe storms – something that’s important here in the Heartland where heavy downpours aren’t uncommon.
Following the advice above can help lessen the amount of storm damage occurring to your home and ultimately keep those you love safe while inside your home. By investing in home insurance and making the switch to K-Guard, your home will be better protected from the impact of severe storm damage.
To make the switch to K-Guard, request pricing today. We’ll be in contact shortly and can’t wait to help you better protect your home from severe storms.