Houston Property Management Blog

How to Protect Your Home from Storm Damage

System - Monday, July 13, 2015

Even a relatively mild storm can cause serious damage to your home and property, and heavy winds, hail, or rain can end up costing you thousands in repairs. Luckily there are some simple steps that both homeowners and property management can take to protect their property and tenants alike.

Roof Your home’s roof will be bearing the brunt of the storm, and if issues arise your home could see major flooding and damage. Don’t actually climb on your roof, as this is dangerous, but do a visual inspection and keep an eye out for problems. Some simple steps can protect your roof and your home from rain and wind damages:
  • Check for damaged shingles
  • Ensure that sheathing is securely nailed down
  • Shingles should be flat and tightly connected
  • Look for cracks along ridge and where shingles form the cap
  • Ensure any sheet metal areas are not rusted
Clear Dead Branches Check your yard and immediate area for dead branches or trees. These could fall during a storm and damage your home or vehicle. Watch for Water Inside your home, keep an eye out for water rings, mold, discoloration, or other signs of leaks. Addressing these immediately can prevent more serious damage from occurring. After rain check around the exterior of your home to ensure that no water is pooling near its base. Garage Door The garage door is often the weakest structural point in the home. Inspect your door to ensure that there are no dents, cracks or other damage. For areas that face strong winds and storms, consider installing a door that’s specifically designed to endure stormy weather. Clean Gutters Clogged gutters can lead to backed up water, flooding, and damage to your roof. Clear out your gutters before rain hits to ensure that it can drain properly. Check Doors and Windows Examine the doors and windows throughout your home to ensure that they all close and seal completely, with no leaks. Any panes that are cracked or broken should be quickly replaced to prevent a dangerous situation during a storm. By performing a bit of maintenance and inspection before a storm hits, you could prevent serious damages. Take the time to make sure that your rental home or your tenants are protected and your property is as safe as possible if you hear word that heavy storms are headed your way. If you’re a resident, and you notice any potential problems that could lead to storm damage, contact your property management right away.