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Three Ways To Reduce Chances Of Water Damage During A Storm

A storm, whether it's a run-of-the-mill winter storm, a summer thunderstorm, or even a hurricane, can cause water damage to your home and necessitate water damage restoration services. In some cases, though, you can prevent this damage by taking some time and energy to help boost your house's resistance to the winds. rain, and flying debris that can be involved with strong storms. Here are three ways to reduce your chances of accruing water damage in your home during a storm.

1. Re-caulking windows 

You can do this yourself; it doesn't require an experienced contractor. All you have to do is go to the home improvement store and buy some caulk (if you don't know what type to get, just ask one of the customer service representatives to help you). Then, after removing the old caulk, apply the new caulk in a fine line along the edge of each window pane. This new layer of caulking will improve the window's seal so that water is less likely to enter. Of course, you'll need to apply it with plenty of time to dry before the storm hits.

2. Strengthening the roof

Your roof is the easiest target for the storm, which can easily drop hail, leaf debris, branches, trees, and more, causing damage and resulting in leaks. In addition, the wind can try to get under the edge of the roof and pull up, removing tiles and allowing rain to enter. Strengthen the roof by adding high-strength construction caulking to fasten the roof deck more securely to the rafters it sits on. You'll need to access the underside of your roof from your attic or roof space to do this. You should also inspect the roof visually from the outside to ensure that all flashing is in place and no shingles are loose, and if you're worried they'll come loose during the storm, talk to your roofing contractor about if you can apply an adhesive around the outside of each shingle as well and if there's time for it to dry before the rain starts.

3. Sealing up any holes

Any spot where something enters your house (such as a TV cable) is one where you're likely to find a small hole drilled in the wall. Sealing these holes up can not only prevent rain from coming in but may also help keep pests from taking shelter inside your walls before, during, or after the storm.

These three tips will help you take practical steps to save your house from water damage. If you've been advised or ordered to evacuate for a hurricane, it's possible that your home will be flooded when you come back, so try to minimize the likely damage by moving belongings to the second floor or attic before you leave if you get enough advance notice.