Storm damage and recovery can make you feel helpless, but there are actually several things you can do on your own, even before the professional recovery team arrives. Here are some DIY tips for tackling storm damage.
Depending on how bad the damage is, it could be a good idea to tackle minor roof repairs on your own. After a storm, roofing companies can be too busy to get to you quickly, and minor damage can turn into serious problems if left untreated. Missing shingles can be reattached with a nail gun and a steady ladder, while small holes or tears in the roof could be covered to prevent leaking and interior damage. Use caution and always have someone to help when tackling roofing repairs yourself.
Hanging or broken gutters are a safety hazard, especially if storm weather returns. Blocked gutters can also cause problems, sending water places that it just shouldn’t go. Clear leaves and debris out of gutters after a storm so that they don’t get directed towards the other areas of the home.
Broken or cracked windows should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible to prevent water damage or injuries from broken glass. If you can’t replace the window pane yourself, remove the loose and broken glass, then cover the window with tarp or plastic to prevent damage from the elements while waiting on repairs.
Remove broken branches as soon as possible, and watch for trees that have begun to lean. They could fall and damage your house and need to be removed.
Flooding in your basement can lead to serious damage, so it’s a very good idea to invest in a submersible pump. These are relatively inexpensive and can save you from costly flood damage.
Robert Matheka is the Owner of Kala Construction Inc.., a leading water damage and water damage restoration services. provider in Ontario, CA. Our services include extraction of water and drying out the structure by using special extraction equipment, air movers, and dehumidification equipment to restore your property back to normal after a disaster.