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01/12/2018
Dealing with storms of all types can be downright scary. Keep calm and maintain your home well protected with these storm tips.

What You Need to Know About Storm Damage

Storm damage comes in many forms and degrees, so it's important that you know just what to look out for. If you're expecting a storm to hit your town soon, don't feel defeated quite yet. There are many things you can do to prepare your home and reduce or even prevent the damages caused by storms. Use these tips to prepare your home before it gets hit.

Tips to Help You Prevent Storm Damage

If the news reports are predicting a heavy storm in your town, prepare your home to stand strong.
  • Cover your windows and doors. Heavy winds can thrust large and heavy objects at your home. Unfortunately, if these strike your windows and doors, they can cause quite a bit of damage. To prevent broken windows and doors, cover these up. Storm shutters are a great idea, but if you don't have enough time to install some, boarding up windows and doors can be just as great.
  • Secure your roof. Heavy rain and wind can cause parts of your roof to fly off. Unfortunately, this isn't where the damage stops. Missing shingles can lead to water leaking through your roof and can cause interior damage. Prevent all of this from happening by ensuring your shingles are all securely fastened with at least 6 staples. A waterproof underlayment can also prevent water from getting into your home even if some shingles get blown away.
  • Remove overhanging tree branches. Large trees can look great around your home, but during the winter months they can pose a serious threat to the wellbeing of your home. During storms tree branches can snap and cause some serious damage. Be sure to trim your trees so that no branches are hanging over your roof, driveway, or other susceptible areas.
  • Prevent projectiles. As winds pick up they can toss around loose objects. Prevent having projectiles fly at your home by eliminating them before any storm arrives. Collect any loose items in your yard and store them somewhere indoors. Store patio furniture during the winter as well as grills, umbrellas, and even potted plants.
  • Keep your gutters clean. Clean gutters will ensure water is able to properly drain away from your home during a storm. If it can't drain away, water can pool over your home's foundation, causing shifts in the dirt maintaining your foundation. Your gutters can also become heavy if they fill up with water and break off of your roof. Although this damage isn't life threatening, it can still be a hassle to fix later on.
Unfortunately, property damage is a reality for many. To get the best property restoration services after a storm, contact Sterling DKI at (877) 877-4211. They can get your home back to its best in no time.

What to Inspect After a Heavy Storm

After a storm has hit, don't wait too long before inspecting your home for damage. It also helps to know what your homeowner's insurance covers so that you can start getting things repaired as soon as possible. These are some of the things you will need to inspect after a storm.
  • Inspect your roof for damage. Once the storm has subsided take a look at your roof and make note of missing shingles, holes, cracks, or broken tiles. Keep in mind that these can all lead to a leaky roof, so it's important that you get all of this fixed before the next storm.
  • Take a look at your windows and doors. Even if you boarded up your windows, take some time to inspect your windows and doors as well as the areas around them. Look out for cracks, holes, and shattered parts. Inspect window and door frames for cracks and board up any broken windows while you wait to get them repaired.
  • Inspect your siding. Projectiles and general stormy conditions can cause damage to your home's siding. Inspect the paint for damage since this can lead the materials underneath it to also get damaged. Look out for cracks and other damage to the materials as well as to outdoor items like A/C units, fences, and your satellite dish.
  • Know what your insurance covers. Finally, get to know your insurance policies so that you know exactly what they cover. Always keep a copy of your policy handy and don't be afraid to ask your insurance provider questions. Call them as soon as you can to file your claim and get your home back to normal.

Property Restoration Services in Tacoma, WA

No matter what type of damage your home has suffered after a storm, Sterling DKI can get your property back to normal. Contact them at (877) 877-4211 any day of the year for the best property restoration services in Tacoma.

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