How to Prepare for Midwestern Storms in 2019
2019 has been a rough year for St. Louis weather. From the extensive flooding throughout the metro area to the tornado that tried to interrupt Game 7 of the NHL Western Conference Championship, storms and heavy rain have taken their toll on our region. We’re only in June, and storm season is far from over. However, you can take several steps to improve your storm preparation strategies, including:
Schedule a Roof Inspection
Compile a list of reputable roofing contractors in your area, then select one of them to perform a roof inspection. Make sure your roof shingles are nailed down and that there are no clogs or debris in your gutters or downspouts. If the roofer finds any problems, have them repaired immediately, before a storm blows through and causes more damage to your roof. You should maintain a relationship with that contractor and keep your list of local ones so you don’t have to deal with out-of-town “storm chaser” roof contractors if your house or building does sustain storm, water, or wind damage.
Review Your Insurance Policy
Double-check what kind of storm damage your insurance policy covers. Reviewing what your insurance covers will allow you to make a roof insurance claim if a storm does damage your roof. This is an important step because roofing insurance claims make it possible to repair storm damage that happens to your home or building.
Maintain and Protect Your Property
Tie-down and secure any patio furniture or other outside fixtures, or bring them inside, if possible. You should also secure heavy furniture inside the house so it doesn’t damage the house or its occupants during a storm. These steps will prevent those indoor and outdoor objects from turning into flying debris that can damage the house if severe storms or tornadoes strike your property.
Trim Your Trees
Trimming your trees will prevent high winds from causing branches, limbs, or even trunks to fall on your roof or house. Fallen trees are a major casualty of storm damage in the Midwest, so you should definitely make sure your trees’ branches and limbs are trimmed far back enough that they won’t damage the roof or house if they fall during a storm.
Prepare Emergency Kits
You should prepare emergency kits for your home or building and your car so you can survive during or after a storm, especially if you lose power for an extended period. An emergency kit should include water, non-perishable food, batteries, flashlights, blankets, a cell phone, a first aid kit, and copies of important documents. Having these materials handy will increase your safety and preparedness when a storm system passes through your area.
Caulk Around Windows and Doors
Your house’s and roof’s storm damage aren’t always easy to see. Sometimes, it comes in the form of moisture damage. Wind-driven rain can blow the moisture into your home, causing damage that won’t be as immediately visible as a fallen tree limb sitting on your garage roof. Caulking in these areas will prevent moisture from entering your home or building, so you can avoid dealing with moisture and water damage.
Protect Your Home or Building With Frederic Roofing
At Frederic Roofing, we can repair your weather-damaged roof. We can also provide roof replacement when the need arises. We’ve been serving the St. Louis area for over 90 years, so we’ve seen our share of severe weather, and we’ve developed solutions that serve our customers well. If you are interested in our repair or replacement services, contact us today.