Fall Storms & How To Prepare
Fall is in the air! You can literally feel it and breathe it in! You may have pumpkins, mums, and a variety of other decor out around your home to enjoy the season.
It's easy to love this time of year! Who doesn't like to sit around a fire, over-indulge on smores, and tackle as many craft fairs and festivals in one weekend as possible!? However, just because the weather has cooled off from the warmer months, this doesn't mean East Tennessee is exempt from nasty storms. As a homeowner, it's important to be aware and prepared for the potential storms ahead.
What do fall storms usually bring?
Late summer and fall are known as hurricane season. Coastal states take great measures this time of year to protect their homes from natural disasters derived from hurricanes and other tropical storms or depressions. While we don't live on the coast, we still face some of the wind and rain that are associated with storms that have hit the coast and moved inland. Some of these storms can be devastating with tornadic winds and heavy downpours.
During these storms and other seasonal storms that seem to pop up, you may face damage from the wind and also potential flooding. Simply being aware of the potential for damage is the first step to being on-top-of protecting your home this fall from storm damage.
What can you do?
Now that you know to be aware of the potential for storms in the fall months, what can you do to be prepared?
If you have yard furniture or yard ornaments/decor, be sure you have somewhere to store them or that you have means to secure them to the ground when and if winds pick up this fall. By doing this, you can rest assured that your furniture won't go missing or be damaged by the storm's forces. You can also rest knowing that the furniture won't fly into or damage your home including your windows, siding, shingles, etc.
Roof + Siding Inspection
We all know that your roof is the main thing between your family and any storm that comes your way. It's important to make sure that your roof is in good condition leading into the fall and winter months to ensure that you won't be faced with unwanted water leaks.
Your siding is just as important! Without good, secure siding, storms can rip sections off with heavy wind and rain and can cause rot and other interior damage to your home if water gets inside.
The safest thing to do is to evaluate these parts of your home yourself, and if you feel that a specific section or part needs a second, professional opinion, search out professionals in that industry to come out for an inspection. These are usually free and can be great in discovering and remedying a smaller problem before it turns into a larger one.
Whether you need repair or restoration to your home after a fall weather event, SERVPRO is here to help. We are mold remediation experts, as well. Call us if you have experienced water damage or fire damage.