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After the Storm Clears:

Essential Home Safety Checks

Article by Susan Brewer

Photography by Susan Brewer

Mother Nature can be a force to be reckoned with, and springtime storms in St. Charles County can pack a punch. Once the rain stops and the winds die down, it’s crucial to inspect your home for potential damage. Here’s a checklist to help ensure your St. Charles County property weathers the storm:

Roof and Exterior:

  • Missing or Damaged Shingles: Climb safely onto a secure ladder (or hire a professional) to check for missing or damaged shingles. Prompt repairs prevent leaks and further issues.
  • Clogged Gutters and Downspouts: Heavy rain can overwhelm clogged gutters. Clean them out to prevent water backup and potential roof damage.
  • Inspect Siding and Windows: Look for cracks, loose panels, or broken windows caused by flying debris. Address any issues to maintain your home’s weatherproofing.
  • Trees and Branches: Check for damaged or downed trees near your home that could pose a safety hazard. Trim or remove any threatening branches.

Interior:

  • Water Leaks: Look for signs of water intrusion on ceilings, walls, or near windows and doors. Address leaks promptly to prevent mold growth and structural damage.
  • Electrical Issues: Flickering lights or tripped circuits could indicate electrical damage. If unsure, consult a qualified electrician to ensure safety.
  • Basement Flooding: Check basements for water accumulation. If flooding occurred, take steps to dry the area thoroughly and prevent mold growth.

Taking Action:

  • Document Everything: Take photos and videos of any damage for insurance purposes.
  • Contact Your Insurance Company: Report any damage to your homeowner’s insurance provider as soon as possible.
  • Call a Qualified Roofer: Don’t attempt major roof repairs yourself. Hire a licensed and insured roofing contractor for repairs.

Peace of Mind After the Storm:

By following these simple steps, you can ensure your St. Charles County home remains safe and secure after a storm. Remember, early detection and prompt action can prevent minor issues from escalating into major problems.

Thinking of Upgrading Your Storm-Proofing?

Our team at Susan Brewer Service First Real Estate can connect you with qualified contractors and help you find a home with features that enhance weather resistance.

Contact us today! (636)936-8600

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