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Marsha Hillman, May 16 2024

Ensuring Safety After Heavy Winds!

Structural integrity matters. 

As nature's forces can be unpredictable, it is crucial to be prepared for the aftermath of heavy winds. While many people focus on visible damage like fallen trees or broken windows, it is equally important to assess the overall structural integrity of your home or business. In this blog post, we will highlight key areas to check and offer practical tips to ensure the safety of your property after heavy winds.

Exterior Assessment:
The first step in evaluating the impact of heavy winds, is to conduct a thorough exterior assessment. Start by inspecting the roof for any missing or damaged shingles, loose or torn flashing, or any signs of water leakage. Check the gutters and downspouts for debris accumulation or detachment, as clogged or damaged gutters can lead to water damage in the future. Additionally, examine the siding and exterior walls for any cracks, gaps, or loose panels that need attention. By addressing these issues promptly, you can prevent further damage and potential water infiltration. 

Inspecting Windows, Doors, and Structures:
Focus on the windows, doors, and other structural elements of your property. Check for any cracks, shattered glass, or loose frames in windows and doors. Ensure that they open, close, and lock properly. Inspect the foundation, walls, and supports for any visible damage or signs of shifting. Pay close attention to your chimney, as heavy winds can cause dislodged bricks, cracked mortar, or damaged flashing. By identifying and addressing these issues promptly, you can maintain the structural integrity of your property and prevent potential hazards. 

Assessing Landscaping and Surrounding Areas:
Lastly, do not overlook the impact of heavy winds on your landscaping and the surrounding areas. Inspect trees on your property for broken or hanging branches that pose a risk of falling. Trim or remove damaged branches to prevent potential injury or property damage. Check fences, gates, and outdoor structures for any signs of damage or instability. Additionally, review your insurance policy to ensure you are adequately covered for wind-related damages. 

In the aftermath of heavy winds, it is vital to conduct a comprehensive assessment of your home or business to ensure the safety and structural integrity of the property. By inspecting the exterior, windows, doors, and surrounding areas, you can identify and address any potential issues promptly. Remember, if you notice significant damage or are unsure about the extent of the damage, it is advisable to consult a professional restoration service provider, like Crystal Restorations of New England, to work with your insurance company and adjusters to assess and repair your property. Taking proactive measures will not only protect your investment, but also provide peace of mind during future weather events.

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Marsha Hillman

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