When you live in Central Illinois, you’re no stranger to bad weather. Spring and summer can be hostile seasons in the Midwest when it comes to stormy conditions. If you expect to stay settled in the area, and not deal with storm damage every time severe weather blows through, you need to prepare for the worst. When the weather reports turn ugly, here are a few tips to secure your home from storm damage.

Pack Up Your Belongings

When winds howl and roar, you don’t want them tossing around your garbage cans and porch furniture. Worst case scenario, your outdoor belongings get blown into the side of your home, damaging the items and your home’s exterior. A little preparation ahead of time can prevent this problem from occurring.

  • Take your patio furniture indoors or inside your garage
  • Stow outdoor and garden accessories
  • Remove decorations and trimmings from the side of your home

Get Rid of Potential Hazards

Storms can also rattle your trees and knock branches onto your roof or into your house. If the branch is heavy enough, you could be looking at severe damage to your home. Especially if branches are dead, they’re more likely to fall off a tree. If possible, it’s important to trim away “problem spots” on any nearby trees, to prevent any siding or roof damage.

Clean Your Gutters

Just as problematic as wind can be, so too can water be detrimental to the status of your home. However, if your gutters are in working order, you shouldn’t be overly concerned. Clear gutters carry water off your roof and away from your foundation. But, if your drain is clogged, it can overflow and cause potential water damage to your foundation and house’s interior.

Protect Your Windows

For exceptionally lousy storm seasons, you should consider having storm shutters installed. Storm shutters do well to protect your windows from heavy rains, strong winds and hail. The added bit of protection makes sure no hail can break through your window or water seep into your house. The last thing you want happening in severe weather is your window breaking in the middle of it.

Additionally, the windows themselves should be durable too. There are new window options for reinforced glass. It’s also a good idea to have your windows inspected before storm season starts. Older windows are less likely to be appropriately sealed, thus risking water damage in your home.

Stay Safe

All in all, your home and belongings are replaceable, but you and your family aren’t. If there’s no time to prepare your house for a storm properly, your number one priority is preparing yourselves.

  • Do your best to heed all warnings before a storm’s arrival.
  • When the severe weather comes, make sure to stay away from all windows.
  • If a storm develops into a tornado, make your way to the basement or a secure room.
  • Finally, don’t leave your home until you know for sure the storm has passed.

Fix the Damage

 

Contractors repairing a home after storm damage in Peoria IL

Even if you took all the necessary precautions to protect your home from storm damage, problems could still arise. Your siding may have taken a beating, shingles could be ripped off from your roof, and you may get stuck without power. Thankfully, Central Illinois residents do not need to fret when storm damage strikes; Kelley Construction Contractors, Inc. leads the area’s restoration efforts.

Kelley Construction Contractors, Inc. is the go-to storm damage restoration expert of the greater Peoria area. Additionally, we are familiar with all types of restoration and can fix up your home after fire damage, water damage, mold damage and more. When your house needs repairing, we work with your insurance company to get your life back on track as quickly as possible.

If you’ve recently incurred storm damage and need assistance from the area’s leading storm restoration experts, call Kelley Construction Contractors, Inc. today. You can contact us at 309-300-3953. Also, we are located at 201 N 8th St, Pekin, IL 61554.

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