When nature rears its ugly head, we all feel helpless. We know we can’t stop the rain from falling or the tornado from coming, but we still feel like there’s something we should be able to do to prevent a disaster from worsening.
When it comes to storms, we may not be able to prevent them from happening, but we can do things to protect our homes and families. If you’d like to know how you can protect your home and its belongings when the weather turns bad, and you’d like to know what professional water damage restoration can do for you in the aftermath, keep reading.
Clear Out Your Deck and Front Porch
Some people don’t think of this, but it’s important to make sure any large and/or heavy objects are cleared away from your front porch and back deck. You need to put these objects away or tie them down somehow if you don’t have anywhere else to store them. If you don’t and the wind is strong enough, they could easily fly through your windows, break the glass, and seriously injure someone. It’s also a good idea to trim any trees in your yard that sit close to your home and make sure branches aren’t so close that they could cause damage. We know it’s strange to do landscaping before a storm, but it’s a step you shouldn’t skip.
Have a Plan in Place for Your Pets
It’s vital that you also plan for your pets and their safety. Think about where you could house your pets while you recover, if it comes to that point, and make sure you won’t run out of their medication or other needed supplies. Get them microchipped if you haven’t already done so, as you will need an easy way to identify them if they become frightened and run away.
While this won’t prevent the need for professional water damage restoration or sewage cleanup if your home is damaged, you can stay safe in the event of flooding by moving to higher ground, such as the second floor of your home.