This Is Why Severe Storms Are Dangerous for Homeowners | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen
High-powered storms can bring many disasters to your doorstep. From extreme winds to heavy rains and flooding, they can all do serious damage to your home.
The type of storm and the events it causes can expose your home to multiple kinds of damage. Calculating your home’s potential level of damage is complicated and involves looking at your home’s qualities, age and the landscape surrounding it.
It’s essential to have basic storm damage knowledge, but it’s especially important for us in New Jersey, where powerful storms are common. Our regional government has created Weather Ready, which offers everything from a hyperlocal weather radar to tips about how we can prepare for these kinds of disasters.
Look below at the main types of damage so you can better understand how to prepare for them:
Wind damage takes place when structures face strong gusts that can rip roofs off the building or even tear walls apart. While tornadoes and hurricanes are usually the culprits, traditional thunderstorms can cause 100 mph winds as well.
To prepare for wind damage, remove any excess limbs, large rocks or toys that might become dangerous debris during a powerful weather event. This will limit the number of objects that could potentially damage your home.
You should also have your roof inspected regularly to ensure it is able to withstand intense wind and storms.
The damage that water can cause during and after a storm is also significant. High-volume rains can allow water to collect around your home, seeping inside through any possible location.
To mitigate the level of destruction from water, think about using landscaping methods that direct water away from your home. Or you could create a rain garden on your land to collect excess rainwater and prevent flooding.
You should also maintain your gutter so that they can assist with removing water from the roof. When water can collect up there, the results can be catastrophic, potentially even a roof collapse.
Damage done through impacts is another big problem with storms. Falling trees or flying debris are two of the main ways that this affects us, but you can help prevent impact damage.
By trimming trees around your home and removing any dead ones, you can lower the risk of one falling onto your home. You should also secure other objects outside of your house that could be picked up by wind and thrown into your structure or property, causing damage.
Weather disasters resulted in approximately $145 billion in damages last year in this country. This is why it’s important to follow these steps and take action before the storm strikes. Doing so could help you save countless amounts of money and stress associated with recovering from a disaster.
If you do happen to suffer storm damage, call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen immediately. Our expert team will come ready for action, with a can-do attitude that will have you back in your home before you know it!
When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get your storm damage restoration started faster.