Pool parties, ice cream, warm weatherâ€”there are a lot of great things about summer, but this time of year also, unfortunately, means severe weather! Summer storms can be fun to watch from your screened porch, but if severe enough, they can cause pretty extensive damage.
Fortunately, there are some things you can do to protect your home from severe weather like heavy wind and rain. Although some damage isnâ€™t always avoidable, taking certain precautions can and reduce the chances of damage occurring and minimize any damage that does happen.
Home Storm Protection
Itâ€™s not exactly Tornado Alley here in Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia, but weâ€™ve seen our fair share of tornadoes and severe storms recently here in this area. If your home experienced damage, Shanco offers the repair services you need. Just want some storm preparation tips for next time? Here are some good ones to keep in mind:
Inspect the Roof
This is one of the most important ones! A roof that is well maintained can better stand up to heavy wind, rain, hail, and other inclement weather. This is why professional service is recommended every one to three yearsâ€”itâ€™s vital for protecting your roof and extending its lifespan.
Check for missing or loose shingles, missing granules, loose nails, and flashing damage.
Because the gutters are your homeâ€™s first line of defense against water damage, the last thing you want is for them to get damaged or completely detach from the house. To avoid this, give them a quick inspectionâ€”or have a Shanco professional come out to inspect and clean them if necessary. Ideally, you should have done this in the spring, but if you havenâ€™t, a quick inspection is essential. If you wanted to learn more about this, check out ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba. They have some handy tips.
Make sure the downspouts are draining properly and have proper runoff, and clear any debris in the gutters like leaves, twigs, animal nests, tennis balls, etc.
Prevent or Minimize Water & Wind Damage
Heavy wind can wreak havoc on your homeâ€™s exteriorâ€”the roofing, gutters, siding, and shuttersâ€”and water infiltration can cause other problems like mold growth and wood rot. Both can lead to costly repairs (and a lot of headaches)!
Make sure windows and doors are properly sealed, clear dead branches from the ground near your home and patio/deck, and replace loose or missing nails in roofing shingles.
Need Exterior Home Repair?
If you need storm damage repair for your home in the DC metropolitan areaâ€”or you have old windows, doors, siding, roofing, or gutters Â that need to be replacedâ€”act now before the next big storm hits! They can hit at any moment without much notice, so make sure your home is protected as soon as possible!
Contact Shanco today about our exterior home services!