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Five Tips For Spring Storms

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

Here in the south, wind and rain storms can do quite a bit of damage to our homes and businesses, disrupting our livelihood. Here are five tips to get you prepared for Spring Weather this year and keep your home safe.

  1. Familiarize yourself with your insurance coverage. Be sure that you're familiar with your homeowner's insurance and what the policy covers, or doesn't cover. You don't want any surprises in the event of storm damage. One example is that your swimming pool.
  2. Assess. We recommend periodically walking around the entirety of your property to see if there is any damage to any part of the structure. Small areas of damage, possibly from winter storms, may only need small repairs in order to avoid a larger issue when a storm comes. Be sure to check your roof and chimney, as well, as those can be big headaches after severe storms. Clear your gutters and be sure they are draining properly away from your foundation.
  3. Ensure sump pumps are working. Many crawlspace and basements have a sump pump for excess water. Be sure it's clear of debris and working properly. Large rainstorms can result in flooded basements.
  4. Secure backyard items. Patio and back yard spaces can quickly become very dangerous in a storm if your items aren't secure. When you're following bad weather updates, be sure that storm warnings help remind you to move smaller items like grills, propane tanks, and even small furniture items, to a more a secure location like a garage or outdoor storage. Flags, poles, bird feeders and even potted plants should be brought indoors.
  5. Trim and prune trees. Spring cleaning should also include tidying the yard! Be sure you remove dead branches that could end flying through the air in a storm and cause damage not covered by your homeowner’s insurance. Check that none of them are too close to the power source to your home. If you're unsure, check with a local arborist or lawn care specialist. The can help identify problem areas.

And as always, be sure you have SERVPRO of Franklin, Vance and Granville Counties on your ready-to-call list! We are always here to help.

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