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Steps Every Property Owner Should Take to Minimize Home or Business Damage From Rain, Wind and Fire!

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

With 11 years experience helping Southern California home and business owners with storm damage restoration, SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/ Brea is #1 in CA.

There are steps every Orange County, California property owner should take to minimize the damage to a home or business.  From Anaheim to San Juan Capistrano, home and business owners face rain or wind or fire storms every year.  Some really unlucky people may actually face more than one type in a single year.  Here are some steps you can take to avoid the need for water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, and storm damage restoration due to storms.

There are steps you can take in good weather that will help you when things turn stormy.

Check Your Roof:  How storm-ready is your roof?  Check with the shingles and look for loose or curled shingles where wind can tear loose shingles away and rain can leak through to the inside causing damage.  Check all aspects of the rooftop to ensure that there is no damage in any way to shingle, no soft spots, and no surface divots. One crack in your roof can lead to a roof leak and then further internal damage.  A tightly sealed roof can help you avoid water damage restoration services.

Review Your Yard’s Drainage:  Will heavy rains drain toward or away from your home?  Grading your lot so that the rain flows towards a drain placed away from the house is a great way to avoid indoor flooding.  This is another way to avoid water damage restoration services.

Check your chimney and sump pump annually:  Your home’s chimney and sump pump are two vital areas that can allow rain damage.  Check each of these annually and when a storm is in the forecast, check again.  Be certain that the chimney bricks have no gaps and that they are tightly sealed.   A faulty chimney can admit both rain and embers that could lead to water damage or fire damage.

Clear gutters and downspouts:  Annually, check to ensure you are not collecting debris in your gutters or rain spout.  Debris can lead to overflow.  Since the downspouts can easily be pushed around during the year, make sure they all lead away from your home’s foundation.

Trim Trees and Shrubs:  Trim away from the home.  Look for weak branches that might fall and damage your roof or break windows.  This is especially important in regions which are prone to wildfires. 

Protection From Hail:  In regions where hail may be a factor, make sure outdoor furniture and other items are covered and protected.  Keep doors and windows completely closed during the duration of the storm.  If you have a garage, keep your vehicles inside with the door completely closed.  If you don’t have a garage, use plastic rain tarps to protect the paint and all glass.  Using a thick blanket under the tarp can be very helpful in minimizing possible dents. 

Wind Damage Prevention:  These useful tips will help minimize property damage during Southern California’s worst windstorms.

  • Dispose of landscape debris.
  • Remove or secure smaller loose items:
  • Anchor larger items safely to the ground.
  • Reinforce windows, doors, and garage doors: Garage doors are particularly susceptible to wind damage.  High winds can damage or blow them, creating a high pressure situation which can damage the roof as well.  Reinforce the door by using braces across the back or replace with a stronger door and tracks.  Modifications should be done by an installer.

SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/ Brea has been restoring our customer’s homes and businesses for over eleven years.  Our focus on urgency, integrity, cleanliness, knowledge, commitment to consistently excellent work, and our ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with our customers and colleagues has made us the #1 SERVPRO franchise in California!    To read testimonials from our customers, click here.  https://www.yelp.com/biz/SERVPRO-of-yorba-linda-brea-anaheim.   Need storm damage restoration services NOW?  Give us a call; 7614-701-0207.

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