The two most basic elements that create a thunderstorm are:1. Moisture2. Rapidly rising warm air
Therefore, it makes sense that thunderstorms occur more often during the summer months. This is especially true for Southeastern US. Thunderstorms bring strong winds, thunder, lightning, and heavy rain. This is a recipe for disaster when it comes to leaks and other problems. It is important to take precautionary measures to protect your home from storm damage. Here are five preventive steps you can take before a storm:- Clear away outdoor items: make sure all lawn furniture, gardening tools, equipment, and other items are stored away so high winds cannot blow them away or into your home. - Trim the trees: it is important to trim down oversized branches that could fall into your home or vehicle. - Install storm shutters: windows are especially vulnerable to damage during a storm. Impact resistant shutters or impact resistant glass can prevent your windows from shattering. - Have standby power: a whole-house surge protective device runs around $200-$300 and is not difficult to install. For severe weather, it is worth considering a home generator to prevent long-term electricity outages.- Check your house for weaknesses: high winds can cause week spots in your home to fail. Be sure to check the roof, windows, doors, and garage door.
Stay safe during this storm season by following these tips. If you do find that your home has suffered from storm damage, our team here at SERVPRO is ready to help. Call us at 662-281-1881!