The team at First Restoration Services has been soaking up every bit of the season change, warmer weather, and longer days. Spring has officially sprung in the Asheville NC area, but that does not mean that you should let your guard down. Spring is often notorious for deceptively strong storms. To help protect your property, we have put together a few spring storm hazards and how you can shield your property form their wrath.
Spring Storm Hazards & How to Protect Against Them
When you think of a storm, rain is probably the first thing that comes to mind. And while yes, this water is a substantial threat, it is not all you have to worry about. Consider these elements and spring storm preparation tips to stay safe.
1. Heavy Rains
Rain and torrential downpours are a leading source of water and flood damage. Left unmitigated, this water damage leads to serious issues, including rotting, warping, mold, structural collapse, and other secondary damages. Alleviate these concerns by using these guidelines:
- Channel gutters and downspouts away from the base of your home.
- Remove leaves, sticks, acorns, and other debris from gutters to prevent blockages.
- Install splash blocks at outlet points of the downspouts.
- Consider installing underground pipes to direct water even further from the home’s foundation.
- Invest in flood insurance if you haven’t already. As your typical homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover flood damage, you will need a specialized policy. You can find flood insurance providers at FloodSmart.gov.
2. Gale Force Winds
With enough force behind them, the wind can generate dangerous gusts that sling debris and rattle trees and limbs. Check around your house for the following:
- Identify trees, fences, and other items that could be impacted by wind.
- Trim back overhanging limbs, branches, and foliage that are close to the roof, windows, outside walls, fences, or decks.
- Before a storm, secure patio furniture, toys, and lawn machinery that could potentially hit the dwelling or cars.
- Park cars far from the striking distance of any potentially downed trees and limbs.
3. Hail Damage
Hail consists of frozen ice balls that form even on the warmest days. Although hail is an amazing weather phenomena, it is extremely hard on homes, cars, and even people. To prevent major hail damage:
- Park cars in the garage or carport to protect the paint finish and glass.
- For those without a covered parking area, place blankets over the glass to minimize the blows.
- When it is actively hailing, be sure to close windows, blinds, and curtains to prevent injuries from a broken window.
- Move fragile pots and patio furniture to a shed or covered area.
- Contact your insurance agent immediately if you suffer hail damage.
Spring Storm Preparation Tips Keep Your Property Safe
All property damage is incredibly stressful, but storm damage can be especially disruptive to your daily life. After a storm, do not wait! Contact First Restoration Services for storm board up, storm damage cleanup, and storm damage repairs. We respond 24/7/365 to assist you.