Protect Your Property From Wind Damage
This season many areas in the United States have experienced heavy winds and storms. Wind damage can cause a range of destruction to your property, from broken windows and fallen tree branches to severe damage to the roof, garage or car. It can happen from the strong wind or indirectly from wind blowing debris into your house.
Wind Damage from Different Types of Storms
Thunderstorms are the most common cause of wind and storm damage. However, winds from hurricanes or tornadoes are more fierce and can cause severe damage. Understanding the nature of wind damage can help you limit the amount of damage to your property and save on restoration and repair costs. Here are some steps you can take to minimize property damage when severe weather strikes.
Preventing Wind and Storm Damage
Most wind damage starts with unsecured flying debris. If a storm is approaching your area, make sure any potential debris in your homes, such as patio furniture, toys, garbage cans, and other objects, are secured or brought inside. Secure your doors and windows to help minimize the potential storm damage to the home.
Roofing material should latch firmly to the deck; loosely connected shingles will lift from the deck. A well-designed roofing system will anchor the trusses and decking to the walls and foundation to keep the entire roof from lifting off the building in a strong wind.
Siding damage comes down to the standard of their construction. Strongly, fastened siding isn't as likely to lift off a structure in intense wind. Building codes will likely direct the minimum standards for connections. You, your architect or your contractor may decide to exceed these minimums for a more robust, storm-resistant structure.
Removing dead limbs or weakened trees will reduce the likelihood of structural damage. When a force like a strong wind causes a tree’s movement or breakage, the tree can seriously injure the unwary and damage nearby structures. Roof openings and broken windows are the most common result. Keep a roll of plastic sheeting that cuts to size and nails over the opening. Your insurance policy will likely cover the cost of an emergency roof closure. Fallen trees may cause other severe safety issues, such as downed electrical wires. Contact your agent or claims center to report the damage and seek advice on how to proceed.
If your home or business sustains wind or storm damage, contact a restoration professional. SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando today: (407) 698-5155.