Are you expecting a winter storm in the coming days? Have you already been hit by a surprise winter storm in the past and want to be prepared for this one? You have come to the right place. In this article, we will discuss the ways to prepare your home for storm season. So, without any further ado, let’s make your home winter storm-proof.
- Look for Vulnerabilities Around Your Home
Pick up a notebook and start by taking a walk around your yard and home. While doing so, look for anything that might cause a problem during the winter storm. This can include loose shingles or siding, openings or cracks from where the harsh breezes could enter, appliances or toys that need to be covered or stored, etc. Take your time to examine the foundation, windows, walls, and roof of your home. Note anything that requires repair or replacement and get it done before the winter storm hits.
- Caulk and Seal Cracks and Drafts
We all have that one door that won’t close tight or that one window that easily slides open with a little push. It is time to make some repairs. While you can find DIY tutorials on how to do the job, we recommend hiring a professional to replace the damaged door and windows. However, one thing that you can do is caulk the cracks to prevent moisture damage.
- Cut Down and Cover Up
Another important winter storm preparation step is to cut down all overhanging tree limbs as they can easily break during the storm and hurt someone. Furthermore, also make sure to chop off or trim any overgrown shrubs or bushes, especially the ones that are isolated and will be bearing the powerful winds all alone. Last but not least, in order to protect the outdoor grill and faucets from freezing, do not forget to cover them with an insulating sheet.
- Wrap Vulnerable Pipes in Insulation
Temperature can drop very low during a winter storm. This makes it your job to make sure that all the outdoor pipelines are protected and insulated before the winter storm. Not doing so can cause the pipes to freeze, which can lead to water damage. Moreover, turning the faucets onto a cold “drip” and leaving the sink cabinets open can also prevent freezing during a winter storm.
- Protect Windows from Damage and Debris
The windows of your home are vulnerable to the flying debris that comes along with the winter storm. Even though they might be little, the rocks or stones can end up cracking the glass windows of your home. Therefore, it is essential to cover the windows with plastic sheets or install storm shutters.
What Should I Do After My Home Is Severely Damaged from a Winter Storm?
The aftermath of a winter storm poses many hazards. Therefore, it is advised to contact the team of STOP Restoration of Spokane in case of an emergency. The professionals will use state-of-the-art equipment to inspect your property, fix the damage, and restore it to its original state. Call us today (509) 260-8166!