How To Prevent Storm Damage
May 1, 2013
From downed trees to warped roofs and siding, storm damage comes in many forms and costs home and business owners millions of dollars to repair every year. While there is no way to completely protect your home’s structural features and landscaping from wind, hail, tornadoes, ice, flooding, hurricanes, and more, consider implementing the following tips to minimize damage in the instance of inclement weather.
Protect Trees from Storm Damage
Fallen tree branches and unhealthy tree trunks can damage power lines, your home and more. Prune your trees to maximize healthy growth and ward off structural problems by cutting branches before they become larger than an inch in diameter. Water trees regularly and fertilize when seasonally appropriate. A healthy tree will hold up to high winds and adapt better to storms and severe weather, while an over-watered, over-fertilized tree often has shallower, weaker and less deeply entrenched roots.
Prevent Water Damage from Leaks & Flooding
Heavy rain and melting snow can infiltrate your home through leaks, cracks in your home or through rising water levels beneath it. Follow this water damage checklist from Weather.com to find any vulnerable spots in your roof, foundation or structure where water intrusion is common. Once you’ve plugged any potential leaks, ward off flood damage with a sump pump.
Worried your sump pump won’t work during a power outage? A standby generator can minimize the amount of storm damage by keeping critical appliances running. Whether you own a smaller sized home or large multi-story house, standby generators, when installed1 by a GE Generator Dealer, minimize water damage by keeping sump pumps and fans running through periods of power loss.
Learn more about how a backup generator works to keep your house up and running during a storm.
Reinforce Garage Doors & Your Roof Against Wind Damage
Double garage doors, unless they are thoroughly tested and marked as hurricane resistant, are prone to wind damage during storms. Single garage doors are somewhat strong, but they too can and should be reinforced. To avoid garage and roof repair costs later, use a garage door reinforcement kit to minimize structural damage by utilizing straps or clips to secure your roof and garage door to the frame of your home.
Ward Off Hail & Hurricane Damage with Reinforced Windows & Doors
High winds and flying debris can easily damage windows and glass doors. To reinforce windows in a hurricane-prone area, install permanent storm shutters that are securely anchored to your home and fastened closed when in use. As a temporary and less expensive solution, purchase plywood from your local home improvement or hardware store to cover glass windows and doors and prevent storm damage.
>> Find a checklist to weatherproof your home against a hurricane.
Fortify Your Roof Against Hail Damage
This icy precipitation can cause dents and weaknesses in your roof if it isn’t in good shape. The most important factor in preventing hail damage is how impact-resistant your roof shingles or materials are. When making roof repairs, replacing it entirely or buying a new home, research the covering options and choose a material that meets the UL 2218 standard2 (a scale by the Underwriters Laboratory to test shingles / roofing materials’ impact resistance). Once installed1, regularly maintain your roof and make minor repairs to avoid major storm damage when hail hits.
At GE Generator Systems, we are dedicated to helping home owners protect their investment in the event of storms and power outages. Learn why GE is the right choice for your backup power needs.
1 Installations must strictly comply with all applicable codes, industry standards, laws, regulations, and provided installation manual. Running engines give off carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas so it is important to keep exhaust has away from any windows, doors, ventilation intakes or crawl spaces. The installation manual contains specific instructions related to generator placement in addition to NFPA 37, including the requirement that carbon monoxide detectors be installed.
2 This generator is rated in accordance with UL (Underwriters Laboratories) 2200 (stationary engine generator assemblies) and CSA (Canadian Standards Association) standard C22.2 No.100-04 (motors and generators).