Protect your property from wind damage

storm-843732_1280While October was sunny and beautiful, it looks like a fall storm is headed our way!  Storms with high winds have the potential to cause extensive damage to your home and property. By taking a few precautions before a storm hits some of the hazards presented by the weather can be avoided.

 

Insurance – Review your home insurance policy to make sure it covers weather hazards common to your area.  Knowing your policy well before a storm hits is crucial to understanding what will be covered.

Landscaping – Make sure trees and limbs aren’t within reach of landing on your home or car should they fall.  Secure lighter items (such as garbage and recycling bins) so they are not potential hazards in strong wind.

Roofing – How is your roof doing?  Knowing the condition of your roof will inform you if you need to inspect it before a storm in coming.  If you are putting in a new roof, make sure everything is up to date with recommended practices.

Doors and windows – Any weakness in your doors or windows will be revealed in a big wind storm.  Properly secure all doors, including the garage door.  Storm shutters can help to protect more fragile or older windows.

Power outages – Wind storms have the potential to knock out power for hours and possibly days.  Have flash lights and batteries at the ready and read our previous post  on ways to prepare for a power outage.

After the storm – Thoroughly inspect your home and property for damage, especially broken glass and roof damage.  Examine the area around your home for downed trees, misplaced debris and other damages.

 

If you experience any storm damage, Kennedy Restoration is always here to expertly assist you in any and all repairs.

Tree Safety

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Trees can be a beautiful part of your property.  Whether they have been there long before you moved in or you planted new ones to add dimension to your home, trees are a great addition to any property.  Without proper maintenance though, trees can potentially cause costly damage to surrounding areas.  Here are a few basic reminders on tree upkeep so that you can continue to enjoy them without the threat of harm to your property:

  1.  Have your trees routinely checked by an arborist to determine their health.  Trees plagued by rot or insects are more likely to have weak points causing them to snap easily.  Though a tree may look healthy from the outside, there may be internal damage, so it is best to consult a professional to ensure the health of the wood.
  2. Check the area around you trees for soft or water soaked soil. Make sure to have proper drainage around the base and never allow water to easily pool here.
  3. Trim back large branches that split near the top of the tree. These limbs are more likely to break, causing damage to roofs and surrounding areas.
  4. A single standing tree is more dangerous than a grove of trees; the wind is more likely to cause damage to a standalone tree.  When planting, plant several together as opposed to a single tree.  When thinning trees, leave a few remaining collectively.
  5. Tend to debris that may fall from your trees during the autumn months.

Should you experience damage to your property from falling trees or limbs, Kennedy Restoration is always here to help with any necessary repairs.