Make Sure Your Doors and Windows Are Properly Sealed
The wind can enter through tiny gaps, like those in shingles or siding, and tear materials away from the house. In the case of tornados, even a slight gap around windows or doors can be large enough for the wind to cause damage. It’s a simple yet essential precaution to make sure every door and window in your home is well-sealed and locked.
Check for Loose Fence Posts
The wind is surprisingly powerful and fence posts, which are often neglected, become a liability if they are loosened by the wind. Check the foundations of your fence posts by giving each pole a vigorous shake to discover weak ones.
Trim Trees to Protect Your Home from Wind Damage
Trees can be problems for homeowners during powerful storms and especially during hurricanes or tornados. Strong winds will break limbs and knock trees over, potentially damaging your house. If a tree in your yard falls onto a neighboring house, you’ll be held liable for the damages caused.
Keep your trees trimmed, especially if they overhang your house or driveway. Remove broken and dying limbs before they become hazardous. Strong winds are particularly destructive if a tree already has damage.
Check for Proper Drainage
Inspect and clean your gutters and downspouts to make sure they are clear and that nothing is obstructing water from draining away from the house. The grade of your lot should prevent water from running toward your home and instead direct it away from the property into a drain, ditch, or other acceptable location.
Inspect Your Roof to Protect from Wind Damage
Verify that your roof is in good condition and shingles are securely attached. Your roof serves as the home’s first line of defense against inclement weather. Examine the roof for flaws. If missing or loose shingles are found, repair or replace them as needed.
Loose shingles can be caught by the wind and torn away which may lead to significant damage. Hire a professional to inspect the roofing and make repairs. A pro can quickly identify issues with the roof that may get worse during a storm.