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9 Tips to Safeguard Your Home from Strong Winds

Updated: Apr 15

Posted April 3, 2024


An uprooted tree that has fallen over from strong winds

Living in British Columbia, our homes are nestled within some of the most stunning natural environments on Earth. Yet, this beauty comes with the caveat of extreme weather conditions, including powerful windstorms that can pose a real threat to our homes and safety. As professional restoration contractors, we understand the importance of preparing your home to withstand these forces. Here are nine essential tips to help you protect your home from the ravages of strong winds.

 

1. Secure Outdoor Items

Outdoor furniture, decor, tools and equipment, if not properly secured, can become hazardous projectiles during a windstorm. By anchoring down these items or storing them safely indoors, you not only protect your property but also maintain a good standing with your neighbours by avoiding damage to theirs. Consider using heavy-duty straps or anchors for larger items and ensuring vehicles are parked under shelter.

 

2. Trim Trees and Vegetation

Overhanging branches and weak vegetation pose a significant threat to your property during high winds. Regularly trimming trees and shrubs can dramatically reduce the risk of property damage. For those living in densely wooded areas or near power lines, hiring a professional arborist is strongly advised for both safety and expertise.

 

3. Roof Inspection and Maintenance

The roof is your home’s first line of defense against the elements. An inspection at the beginning of the season to identify and repair loose or damaged shingles or tiles can prevent significant damage during a windstorm. Engaging a professional roofing service for maintenance ensures your roof remains in peak condition.


4. Strengthen Windows and Doors

Assess your doors and windows, as they're vulnerable to strong winds. Installing storm shutters or boarding up windows, and reinforcing doors with deadbolts or slide bolts, can prevent damage from high winds.


5. Locate and Learn to Shut Off Utilities

In the event of an emergency, knowing how to shut off your utilities quickly and safely can prevent further damage and ensure your family's safety. Familiarize yourself with the locations of gas, water, and electricity shut-off points and practice turning them off to be prepared.

 

6. Prepare an Emergency Kit

An emergency kit is vital for enduring the aftermath of a heavy windstorm, particularly during extended power outages. Your kit should include essentials such as water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, and first aid supplies. Planning and practicing an evacuation route with your family is also crucial for safety.

 

7. Stay Informed

Monitoring weather reports and advisories is critical during storm season. Follow local news channels on social media for real-time updates on wind conditions and emergency information. Following your local utility provider also helps you stay informed as they tend to post regular updates during a power outage.

 

8. Document the Damage

Before and after a storm, take detailed photos or videos of your property. This documentation is invaluable for insurance claims and for restoration professionals to assess and repair damage accurately.

 

9. Ensure Adequate Insurance Coverage

Having comprehensive home insurance that covers storm damage is indispensable for peace of mind and financial protection. Review your policy regularly and consider additional coverage for extreme weather conditions.

 

Partner with Premium Restoration for Wind and Storm Damage Repair

In the aftermath of a storm, swift action is necessary to restore the safety and integrity of your home. Premium Restoration offers comprehensive wind and storm damage restoration services across the Lower Mainland and surrounding areas in BC. Our team of dedicated professionals is equipped to handle all aspects of storm damage repair, from initial assessment to full restoration. For immediate assistance, contact us 24/7 at 604-943-7673.


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