Prepare areas of your property that are vulnerable to wind, hail and flooding.
It feels as if spring weather in Indiana has barely arrived as we’ve been dealing with cooler than normal temperatures this year. As warmer weather sets in we’ll need to prepare our properties for unpredictable severe weather. While you cannot control Indiana weather, there are measures you can take to help minimize the potential damage severe weather could cause to your home.
1. Inspect the Siding and Roof
The roof and siding are your first line of defense against severe wind, rain and hail. We suggest you inspect your siding and roof yearly for any existing damage. It’s imperative that you have any damage repaired before the severe weather hits. Any existing damage to your roof or siding could make your structure vulnerable to water damage.
2. Inspect Windows and Doors
Protecting existing entryways is one of the most important steps you can take to protect your property from strong winds and heavy rain. Check doors for any loose seals, bolts or hinges. Make sure to repair any immediate concerns. Consider upgrading your windows with high-impact glass with dual panes. Verify that no air is getting in and out by holding up a tissue paper to the areas you are inspecting.
3. Clean the Gutters
You should be cleaning your gutters of debris on a yearly basis. It’s important for your gutters to be clean so that rain water can property drain from your roof. You’ll also want to clear gutters and downspouts of any debris to prevent water overflows that could potentially damage your siding and foundation. Get out the ladder this spring, and clear those gutters!
4. Inspect Large Trees
Storm damage caused by falling trees can be prevented by taking necessary precautions. We recommend pruning dead and dying branches, stabilizing overextended branches, and removing weak trees. Leaving weak trees vulnerable to the weather is a significant threat to your property and loves ones. Hire a professional to help you minimize the threat.
5. Inspect Landscaping and Yard
If your property is prone to flooding, or you live on a lake/pond you’ll want to utilize your landscaping as a buffer between your property and mother nature. With the right types of trees, plants, and ditch grading you can protect your property from potential flooding disasters.