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A Residential Preparation Guide to Reduce Storm Damages

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: Texas is no stranger to devastating weather conditions that cause homeowners thousands of dollars in storm damage repair. Here, SERVPRO of Lakeway/Westlake, Bee Cave, TX,  discusses how to prepare a residential home for upcoming inclement weather to reduce storm damage. 

A Residential Preparation Guide to Reduce Storm Damages

Texas weather often leads to unfortunate storm damage that can devastate a residential home. If you have advanced warning of inclement weather, you can prepare your house. These steps will reduce storm damage that can weaken the building’s foundation, promote mold growth, destroy building materials, and create water damage. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Texas could experience between 19 to 25 damaging named storms this year.

SERVPRO of Lakeway/Westlake in Bee Cave, TX, offers helpful storm damage prevention tips below.

Storm Damage Prevention for Your Yard and Home Exterior

Before the storm, you need to ensure that the water can drain off your roof and away from your home to prevent flooding. Ensure that you:

  • Schedule gutter cleaning twice a year to prevent clogs that can back water onto your roof and into your home
  • Inspect your roof for loose or missing shingles that can let water into your attic, and replace them when necessary
  • Contact contractor to seal small foundation cracks with masonry caulk to prevent water damage in home’s lowest level
  • Trim trees near the house to prevent branches from falling on the building from heavy winds or torrential rain.
  • Remove loose debris, including trash cans, toys, bicycles, and lawn furniture to reduce the risk of wind-induced projectiles from flying into or onto your home.

Storm Damage Prevention for Your Home’s Interior

The entryways to your house are highly susceptible to storm damage, but you can secure windows and doors by:

  • Making all necessary repairs to doors and windows
  • Preventing water damage by using caulk around window interiors and exteriors or installing a plastic film to prevent water seepage
  • Replacing broken glass windows

Wind surges and fallen trees can down power lines, resulting in loss of electricity to your home. To combat this issue, you may use a portable generator or home generator to provide enough energy to keep your sump pump and refrigerator running. If you intend to use a generator, remember to:

  • Have a functional CO detector in your house
  • Keep generator away from windows, doors, and crawl spaces
  • Never add fuel to a hot or running generator

Seek Assistance from Storm and Water Restoration Companies

In some situations, you may not have enough time to prepare your home against an impending storm. Once the storm hits, you may need water or flood cleanup to deal with water damage.  

If your home has water damage and you don’t take care of the water removal, you may have harmful levels of mold growth, which can begin 24 to 48 hours after a flood. Mold remediation companies offer mold removal services and can restore optimal mold levels in the home, but a building restoration service may include this feature within their restoration package.


SERVPRO of Lakeway/Westlake is the premier residential and commercial cleaning service in Bee Cave, Texas. Serving clients for over two decades, their highly trained team offers water cleanup and storm damage restoration with 24-hour emergency services. They will quickly respond to a disaster of any size to ensure that your home is habitable after an unfortunate weather event.

To learn more about how these experts can restore your home from storm damage, call (512) 261-4790 or follow them on Facebook for their most up-to-date news.

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of Lakeway / Westlake

P: (512) 261-4790

12600 Hill Country Boulevard

Building – 5 Suite R-275

Bee Cave, TX 73738

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