How To Prevent Storm Damage
Tips from SERVPRO of Ottumwa / Oskaloosa on how to prevent storm damage
Clean your gutters. - An inspection of your gutter system frequently can help insure that they are not clogged or damaged. If they are clogged this can lead to roof and foundation leaks. When filled with debris it prevents the water from draining away from your house.
Check your foundation. - Look for cracks or gaps in the foundation that could allow water to infiltrate the structure. Water follows the easiest path.
Pack up all outdoor items. - Outdoor furniture is made from light weight materials and strong wind can turn the items into projectiles and can damage the home or vehicles causing significant damage.
Know how to shut off your utilities. It is good to locate all utility shut offs; electrical, gas, water before a storm hits. If something happens you may have to turn these off to prevent further damage.
Check trees for dead material- Trees can get knocked down or limbs blown down that are damaged or dead. Call a licensed arborist for help with this inspection.