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Batten Down the Hatches: 7 Ways to Protect Your Property from Strong Winds

Avoid property damage from wind storms by making sure your trees are in good health.

Avoid property damage from wind storms by making sure your trees are in good health.

Alberta folk legend Ian Tyson knew what he was talking about when he penned the famous song, Four Strong Winds. Like our southern Albertan neighbours, Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo residents are used to extreme wind fluctuations, from warm and gentle chinooks to harsh, blowing windstorms. One of the worst occasions was when strong winds fanned the flames during the 2016 wildfire. Protect your home and attend to the mitigation of damages from strong winds by following these 7 tips from your Proserve DKI property damage restoration team.

1. Maintain Trees and Shrubs

Your home can sustain severe damage from falling branches, uprooted trees and other blowing debris caused by windstorms. Before a storm hits, check your trees and shrubs for exposed roots, hanging and damaged branches, and other hazards, and make sure to cut down dead and dying trees.

2. Attach Outdoor Items

Property damage from wind normally comes from anything that is loose. Secure items in your yard such as:

  • Patio furniture, including umbrellas and shades
  • Barbecues
  • Garbage bins
  • Recreation equipment
  • Lawn implements

3. Fix All that is Broken

Usually it’s the things that are broken that cause the most property damage during a windstorm. It’s important to inspect your home for anything that is cracked, loose, damaged, or broken. Check and fix your:

  • Roof
  • Foundation and chimney
  • Siding
  • Gutters
  • Fences
  • Doors
  • Windows

4. Secure all Entryways

When the weather report warns of a storm, it’s essential to batten down the hatches. Make sure all your home’s entry-points are secure. Close and lock all windows, doors, garages.

5. Prevent flood damage

Wind is often accompanied by rain. Prevent possible water damage and flooding by checking your basement windows for any cracks, and address all drainage issues in and around your home.

6. Cover Fragile Items

Wind and hail can cause the need for extensive property damage cleanup and restoration. Prevent a big mess by covering or wrapping fragile items such as plants, containers, glass tables, etc. If possible, park all vehicles in a garage.

7. Make an Emergency Plan

Protect your home and your family by having a plan of action before a severe storm strikes. Know what to do if the electricity cuts out or if you need to seek shelter, evacuate your home, or attend to repairs and wind damage restoration. For more information, read How to Survive a Home Disaster.

Contact Proserve DKI at 1-780-791-3663 for 24/7, 365-day emergency relief from wind storms, flooding, fire, and other disasters. Our team will assess the damage and attend to any required demolition, property restoration and cleanup, bringing your home and property back to its original state.