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Storm Damage Prevention Tips from SERVPRO® of Olathe/Lenexa

6/16/2024 (Permalink)

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June marks the beginning of summer, but it also brings with it the onset of storm season. As residents of Olathe and Lenexa, we are no strangers to severe weather, which can lead to significant property damage if proper precautions are not taken. At SERVPRO® of Olathe/Lenexa, we understand the importance of being prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws our way. Here are some essential tips to help you prevent storm damage this June.

1. Inspect and Maintain Your Roof

Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against storms. Regular inspections and maintenance can prevent minor issues from becoming major problems.

  • Inspect for damage: Look for missing or damaged shingles, and check for signs of wear and tear.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts: Ensure they are free of debris to allow for proper drainage and to prevent water damage.
  • Trim overhanging branches: This will reduce the risk of branches breaking and damaging your roof during a storm.

2. Secure Outdoor Furniture and Items

Strong winds can turn outdoor furniture, decorations, and equipment into dangerous projectiles.

  • Anchor heavy items: Securely anchor items like grills, benches, and large potted plants.
  • Store smaller items: Move smaller items such as patio furniture, garden tools, and toys indoors or to a secure location.

3. Check and Reinforce Windows and Doors

Windows and doors are vulnerable points in your home during a storm. Proper reinforcement can prevent significant damage.

  • Install storm shutters: These provide extra protection against flying debris and strong winds.
  • Use high-impact glass: If you live in a high-risk area, consider installing windows and doors with impact-resistant glass.
  • Seal gaps and cracks: Ensure all gaps around windows and doors are properly sealed to prevent water infiltration.

4. Maintain Landscaping

Your yard can play a significant role in how well your home withstands a storm.

  • Trim trees and shrubs: Regularly trim trees and shrubs to reduce the risk of branches breaking off and causing damage.
  • Remove dead or dying trees: These are more likely to fall during a storm, posing a risk to your property and safety.
  • Proper drainage: Ensure that your yard has adequate drainage to prevent water accumulation and potential flooding.

5. Prepare an Emergency Kit

Being prepared with an emergency kit can make a significant difference during and after a storm.

  • Essential supplies: Include items such as water, non-perishable food, medications, flashlights, batteries, and a first aid kit.
  • Important documents: Keep copies of important documents in a waterproof container.
  • Communication tools: Ensure you have a charged mobile phone and a portable charger.

6. Develop an Emergency Plan

Having a clear plan in place can help you respond quickly and effectively during a storm.

  • Evacuation routes: Know the safest routes out of your home and neighborhood.
  • Communication plan: Establish a way to communicate with family members in case you are separated.
  • Safe room: Designate a safe room in your home where you can take shelter during a storm.

7. Stay Informed

Keeping up-to-date with weather forecasts and warnings is crucial for staying ahead of storms.

  • Weather alerts: Sign up for local weather alerts to receive timely notifications.
  • Local news: Follow local news channels and weather services for the latest updates.

SERVPRO® of Olathe/Lenexa: Your Storm Damage Restoration Experts

Despite taking all the necessary precautions, storms can still cause unexpected damage. If your home or business suffers storm damage, SERVPRO® of Olathe/Lenexa is here to help. Our highly trained professionals are equipped with the latest tools and techniques to restore your property quickly and efficiently.

We offer:

  • 24/7 Emergency Response: We are available around the clock to respond to your storm damage emergencies.
  • Comprehensive Restoration Services: From water extraction and drying to structural repairs, we handle it all.
  • Trusted Expertise: With years of experience in storm damage restoration, you can trust us to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Stay safe this June and remember, when disaster strikes, SERVPRO® of Olathe/Lenexa is just a call away. Contact us today for more information on our storm damage prevention and restoration services.

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