For you who live in an area that has a high risk to be hit by the storm, doing the maintenance for your home or simply checking the house condition is such a must. You should know well the times when the storm commonly hits the area so that you can concern about house maintenance before the storm hits. Also, you should make sure that you build your house using the best sturdy material so that it won’t be damaged by the storm. When you already have a sturdy house building, then simply doing the maintenance will be really useful to protect the house and minimize the risk that is caused by the storm.
For the home maintenance and checking that you should do related to the storm damage risk, you should look back to what you’ve experienced with the damage. Or, you may ask for the others’ experiences if you are new to this. However, to give you ease, here is a list of the things that you should deal with. It won’t deal with all house parts because the focus is to protect the house from storm damage. Take a look at the ideas we provided below.
Repair the Siding
The siding that is installed on the outdoor wall is the one that will be risky to be affected by the storm. It is good of the storm doesn’t fly the siding and only creates gaps or a little bit of crack there. But, what if the siding is gone? So, before the storm hits, you should repair the siding if there is a part that should be patched. Or, if the siding looks good, you should check on the installment and make sure that the siding locks well with the wall.
Checking the Shingles
Not only the roof but the shingles are also the important part that should be considered well when doing the maintenance. The shingles are used to protect the gaps between the roof on the peak part of the roof and lock the roof well. Since the spot is located on the peak then it is the most risky one to be damaged by the storm. When the shingles are damaged, then another part of the roof is risky to be damaged also. So, it is clear that not only the leak will happen and damage your whole house part but the shingles damage can damage other roof parts. In maintaining the shingles, you can do it by changing the broken shingles and checking the installment to make sure that everything is installed well.
Making Sure the Gutter Can Work Well
The storm will come with rain in many cases. That is why the gutter also needs to check well. Imagine that when a storm with wind and rain hit the area while your gutter is broken or can’t work well. The rainwater can’t flow well and will create leaks here and there. The things that you should do for the gutter maintenance are as follow.
- Clean the gutter from the gutter blockage such as foliage, twigs, and other small particles.
- Clean the gutter from moss
- Making sure that the gutter is installed well and sturdy
- Checking the gutter from the leak. It could be from the small perforation caused by the hit or durability.
- Checking the pipe system that is connected to the gutter.
Checking the Windows and Doors Sealing
Not to let the water and the wind or anything that comes with the storm enter the house, you should maintain your window and doors. Well, it is true that as long as you have a good door and window material that still works well you don’t need to worry. However, I believe that you know about the gaps that are commonly there on the windows and doors. Here it is the thing that you should concern well to be maintained. In this case, you can seal the windows and the doors so that you won’t let any water or simply wind enter your house.
Trimming the Trees Near the Building
When talking about the storm what will be a threat to your house building is the trees. What we are talking about here is the trees near your house building. When the trees collapse and override the house then you will get big damage there. So, we recommend you not to have a big tree near the house building. Or, if it is too late and the tree is already there, at least you should trim the tree before the storm hits. If it is impossible for you to deal with the tree, you can ask a professional to do it. No matter how you will deal with the tree, just do it!
Checking Your Drainage
It is true that the drainage won’t be connected to your house building but it is important to protect your house too. Remember that the drainage will let the water flow in the right way so that the water in the soil won’t damage your building from the bottom. Here are the drainage maintenances that you can do.
- Clean the drainage from the clog
- Clean the drainage sediment