Preventing Wind Damage in Wichita KS
Spring and summer storms in Kansas, bring the potential for severe thunderstorms, strong winds, and even tornadoes. Specifically, strong winds can cause trees to break and damaged shingles, which can compromise the safety of your home. According to FEMA, strong winds most commonly impact roofs, doors, windows, and garages. If you’ve lived here through the seasons in Kansas, you know that weather here can happen quick and without warning, there are several steps that you can take in order to protect your home from serious wind damage.
Maintain Landscape and Trees
Trees that surround your home can pose a big threat in a windstorm, the wind can cause tree branches to break off or the entire tree to fall, thus risking damage to your home if trees are located close enough. Being aware of how close trees and tree limbs are to your home and being sure to trim them if necessary is so important. One thing a lot of people don’t think about is over-watering trees, over-watering often results in shallow, weak root systems, facilitating the possibility of trees falling during gusty winds.
Inspect the Roof
Having your roof surveyed at least twice per year is ideal. We often don’t think about our roof condition until it’s too late. Watch for loose or missing shingles and water damage in the attic, as both can be signs of damage. Hiring a roofing professional to inspect your roof may also help in spotting underlying issues that can save your roof from further destruction during strong wind.
Reinforce Windows and Doors
Utilizing storm shutters on windows and doors can help protect them from flying debris caused by strong winds. There are many types of reinforcement such as storm shutters, plywood, and laminated security glass. If particularly strong wind is expected, garage door bracing kits can be purchased, which will help keep the garage door in place during the storm.
If your home or business is affected by a storm, whether it's water damage, or reconstruction that is needed, give SERVPRO of Northeast Wichita a call day or night 316-684-6700. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”