Storm damage to your home can come from a number of factors. The bigger the storm, the more likely for a large amount of damage. In order to properly prepare, you should know the difference between the storms and their damaging effects. Below, we’ve highlighted the top four damaging storms and their effects.
Whether from a thunderstorm or hurricane, high-force winds can cause damage to the exterior of your home. 50-60 MPH winds are sufficient cause for concern, but the winds can get up to even 100 MPH – or higher. High winds pick up debris and anything surrounding your home that isn’t anchored down. If something is large enough, it can break into your home through a wall, window, or roof. Your safest bet is to bring inside anything not anchored down. And if the winds are supposed to get really high, board up your windows.
With tornadoes, not only do you have to worry about the high winds, but there’s also the chance a twister can pick up debris and spit it back out. In Missouri, we are well versed in tornadoes. Unfortunately, sometimes tornado damage can be considered an “act of God” and is not covered by insurance. To prepare for a tornado, one of your steps should be calling your insurance company to see what will be covered and what might come out of your own pocket.
You secure your items the best you can before a large storm, but sometimes the storm damage is out of your hands. We’ve seen the damage caused by outdoor furniture, large toys, and even vehicles. Sometimes the damage is caused by debris that isn’t even your own. There’s also the possibility of tree damage, water damage, and ground damage. With these things, you can’t really prepare for the unknown, but it’s good to have an exit plan in case your home becomes uninhabitable.
Finally, hurricanes, flash floods, tornadoes, and large storms can all bring flooding. Storm damage from a flood can lead to damaged foundations, mold damage, and bacteria growth. Before a large storm, check all of your piping and drains for cracks and leaks. Even though you can’t prevent a naturally occurring flood from a lot of rain or an overflowing body of water, you can make sure that your home is safeguarded from storm damage by securing your water sources.
Storm damage is devastating after the fact. You look at your home and wonder how it even happened and what the heck to do now. Let Kelley Klean be there for you. We are available 24/7 to asses and repair your storm damage. Give us a call today at 573-214-0990.