It’s 2:00 in the morning and you are awakened by the sound of loud wind and crashing tree branches. Your first thought, “what in the world is happening” and then you realize a tree has fallen on your home. You immediately rush downstairs, unsure of what to expect. Once you look out the front window, you see your porch rails have been the victims of a very large broken tree.
Have you ever had this happen to you? Wind damage can happen suddenly and without warning. Over the weekend, we experienced this exact scenario and as a result, want to share a few tips (things we should have done) in hopes that you can avoid this situation.
First, and most importantly, make sure dead or overgrown trees are taken down or trimmed down. These trees and their branches become projectiles, putting holes in you yard, roof and siding. Additionally they are able to cause severe damage to your sidewalks and windows.
Next, be sure your patio furniture is secured to your deck or patio. These items can become flying projectiles as well.
Check your gutters and downspouts to ensure they are fastened to the home securely. If either of these come loose, they can cause more damage. Schedule an exterior inspection if you aren’t sure of what to look for.
Lastly, check with your insurance company to see what they recommend or require you to do ahead of time. Insurance companies have expectations of their policy holders and non-compliance may impact your claim in an emergency.
Keep in mind, repairs can become expensive and home improvement is more enjoyable when you plan for it.