From fires to flooding, there are many incidents that can damage your property. While homeowners often prepare for these threats, they frequently overlook an even more common and pernicious issue: high winds. Here is what Ohio homeowners should know about preparing for this common hazard.
Taking Preventative Measures
Taking a few preventative steps will prevent high winds from causing severe damage to your property. Start by checking your roof for loose flashing or shingles. Repairing such issues will help you avoid additional damage during a storm. You can also reinforce and protect doors and windows with storm shutters.
Property cleanup will also protect your home. When you know a storm is coming, clear the yard of loose belongings such as lawn furniture or grills. Move these items inside. You should also prune your trees to remove loose or damaged branches that could break off during a storm.
Additional Actions to Consider
Long before a high wind storm is in the forecast, you should review your insurance policy to ensure that you have adequate coverage for wind-related damage. This way, even if your house is damaged during a storm, you will receive financial compensation to cover repairs.
It may also be helpful to document your belongings, as this will make it easier to file a claim. Preparing an emergency kit with supplies like a battery-operated radio, non-perishable food, and flashlights will help you in case of a power loss.
What to Do During & After a High Wind Storm
During a wind storm, your best course of action is to seek shelter in a sturdy building. The safest option is to be in a small windowless room or a basement, as these areas are less likely to be affected by wind damage. After the storm has passed, inspect your property and document any damage so you can file a claim with your insurance company.
While high winds can certainly pose a threat to your property, you can have peace of mind when you are adequately prepared. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the Pike Mutual team to learn more about your options.