Preparing Your Home for Severe Storms | SERVPRO of Conway & Faulkner Counties
Wind, hail, rain, floods and tornadoes… there’s no doubt about it—it’s summertime in Arkansas! Weather can range from quiet rainstorms to dangerous tornadoes at this time of year, so being prepared for both options is crucial for your home and your safety.
Severe weather season in the Conway area tends to bring strong storms with high winds, clapping thunder and the occasional tornado. When a tornado touches down, quick action is key to staying safe, so you should already have your home prepped and ready to go.
Advanced preparation is the way to go when it comes to severe weather! We explain some easy ways to get your home ready below, so read on to learn more.
As a homeowner, you work hard to keep your home clean and your yard looking nice. Did you know that your daily tasks and chores actually help protect your home from storms?
Trim your trees and remove dead branches from your property to help reduce your risk of impact damage when the wind picks up. Cleaning out your gutters and setting up your downspouts can help you avoid significant water damage. Keep your yard free of excess clutter, and try to pick up your property at the end of every week and put things away.
In addition, you should be inspecting your home on occasion for signs of wear and tear. Gaps or rotten wood around window panes can easily invite water into your home, and missing or broken shingles can pose trouble for your attic and walls when the rain starts to fall. Repair these issues as soon as you discover them!
Thankfully, preparations for storms don’t cost much money, but there are some additional things you can do to secure your home even further.
Storm shutters are a good choice for our area, as high winds and tornadoes can easily break windows and cause destruction. They can easily be closed when a storm warning is issued and can protect your home from significant damage. If your property is covered in trees, investing in gutter guards can help you avoid clogged gutters, which can help you avoid water damage in your attic or basement.
Adding braces or reinforcements to your outbuildings can help secure these spaces, and gutters can even be installed on them as well to help keep your equipment inside nice and dry.
Once your home is ready, tune in to the local weather reports and heed all warnings that are issued. If the next storm leaves you with home damage, SERVPRO of Conway & Faulkner Counties is here to help you completely recover.
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