As an owner of the property, your responsibility is to eliminate the risk of injury, death and property loss through regular maintenance and managing hazards that can occur from activities in and around the house.
Projectiles can cause damage and poorly constructed decks, fences and sheds will come apart in strong winds. Securing outdoor furniture, umbrellas, bbq’s and trampoline’s will help prevent them from being blown into people, windows or vehicles. Removing rotted trees will prevent damage, injury or even death.
After a high wind storm, we suggest that you walk around the exterior of the house to look for the following:
- fallen trees
- broken tree limbs
- missing shingles
- damaged eaves and downspouts
- missing soffits
- missing siding
- cracks in brick and stone mortar
- broken windows
- damage to sheds, decks and fences
- debris in the eaves
Caution: look for downed power lines before you leave your house.
On the inside of the house, look for signs of structural issues:
- cracks in the corners of walls and on the upper floor where the walls and ceiling meet.
- broken tiles or cracks in the grout.
- doors that don’t close properly.
If you have minor damage or debris that needs clearing, contact your contractor for an evaluation. For major damage, contact your insurance company immediately.
This is part 3 of a 3 part series.
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