Foundation Maintenance Before Storms
Is your home ready for severe weather this spring and summer? If it’s not, it’s time to get your home ready by having your foundation and roof inspected and performing any needed roofing and foundation maintenance. This is because well-maintained homes have a better chance of resisting high winds and torrential downpours than homes with their maintenance neglected.
Have your roof inspected
High winds can damage roofing components, and the damage is even more severe when your roof is not in good condition. Before storm season, have your roof inspected for wear and
tear and damaged components. If anything does need to be repaired, you can have the work performed before the severe storms.
Have your home’s foundation inspected and perform needed foundation maintenance
Along with your roof, have your home’s foundation inspected. Your home’s foundation supports the structure, and cracks can lead to uneven floors, sinking and cracking walls, water infiltration, and an unstable home. You can walk around your home and look for cracks along the exterior edges of your foundation, but this won’t tell you if there are gaps in the soil under the foundation. A foundation expert can inspect your home’s foundation and determine if you need any foundation maintenance before storm season.
Seal any cracks in your home’s exterior
Take a walk around and inside your home, looking for cracks. Seal any gaps around your doors and windows. If your home has a basement, look for cracks along the exterior walls that could let moisture inside your home. While you can seal cracks and gaps around your doors and windows with a bit of caulk, it’s not good to DIY your basement wall repair. Instead, utilize a foundation maintenance company to perform the repairs in your basement to be water-tight.
Remove debris from around your home
Once you’ve performed all your needed roofing and foundation maintenance, clean up all the debris around your home and keep your property clear of debris. This means removing sticks, twigs, rocks, and anything that could become a projectile in high winds. Before any severe storms, remove any furniture and decorations in your yard and store them in a shed or garage.
Put together an emergency preparedness kit
Lastly, put together an emergency kit with at least three days worth of non-perishable food that needs very little or no water to hydrate and limited cooking. Stock up on your needed medications and have between three and 21 days of bottled and jugs of water for every member of your household, including your pets. Additionally, you’ll want to stock up on first aid supplies, make sure you have a weather radio, and various external ways to charge your cell phone in a power outage.
By repairing your roof, performing foundation maintenance, and taking additional steps to protect your home and property from severe storms, you reduce your risk of experiencing severe damage during inclement weather and protecting your family.