With the arrival of spring comes the certainty of heavy rain, hail, and damaging winds. In Texas, springtime storms can be extreme, and homeowners should prepare to keep their properties protected. Read on to learn about several ways to get your home ready for spring storms.
Double-Check your Home Insurance Coverage
Before every spring storm season, it’s a good idea to review your existing home insurance coverage to ensure you’re fully protected when inclement weather arrives. Evaluate exactly what’s covered in your home insurance policy and confirm which policy you have; actual cash value (ACV) or replacement cost value (RCV). It’s also essential to create a comprehensive inventory of your home’s most valuable belongings if you need to file a claim.
Schedule a Roof Inspection
Be sure to have your roof inspected at least once a year by a trusted local roofing company. During the inspection, your roofer will look for any signs of damage, such as missing shingles, cracks, or gaps where water could potentially enter the home. If your roofer recommends a repair, it’s advisable to take care of it as soon as possible. Neglecting to address a damaged roof can lead to further deterioration of the impacted area, which could merit a complete roof replacement later down the line.
Have the Gutters Cleaned
Debris in your home’s gutter system can create clogs during rainstorms, causing water to overflow against the roof edge and siding. In heavy rainfall, the weight of the water stuck in the gutter system can cause some sections to sag or fail altogether. Ensuring your gutters get a thorough cleaning once or twice a year can prevent many of these issues.
Repair Cracks and Replace Damaged Caulking Around the Home
Perform an inspection of your home from ground level, paying careful attention to any damaged siding, cracks in the foundation, or indications of previous water damage. If caulking around windows is damaged or missing, you’ll want to repair those problems right away to prevent rain from working its way into the interior walls of your home.
Consider Investing in a Backup Generator
Investing in a backup generator is not uncommon during Texas spring storms, and it’s essential to be prepared for the worst-case scenario. Purchasing a backup generator will provide your home with enough energy to keep your refrigerator working and your family’s cell phones charged until the power can be restored. Don’t forget to store enough fuel to keep your generator working for at least 12 to 24 hours following a storm event.
Call CanTex Roofing & Construction Today
If you’re concerned about protecting your home from spring storms, our team at CanTex Roofing & Construction can help. We will assess the condition of your roof, gutters, siding, and windows to ensure your home is fully protected all year long. Whenever a storm passes through, rely on us for a no-cost roof assessment and comprehensive guidance navigating the insurance claim process. To learn more about our services, contact us today!