Prevent Wind Damage to your Property

While we may not experience tornados like the prairie provinces, we most definitely experience some powerful storm cells. In the late 1990’s we had a strong storm cell come through Kelowna that downed many large trees in City Park, along with other large trees throughout the city. To more recent freak and just as damaging windstorms, in 2016 and 2017. Are you ready for these wind storms that manage to cause property damage with little to no notice?

Here are some preventative measures you can take to ensure that your property investment is taken care of:
Proper Tree Care
Look for signs of decay. In high winds, and dead or weakened trunks and limbs are susceptible to breakage. Proper tree maintenance will prevent decay. Keep lawn mowers and weed trimmers from “wounding” the bark, and don’t over-prune branches. Over-watering can lead to shallow root systems, which will make them less able to stand firm in high winds. If you are uncertain about any of your trees, call an arborist to advise you on which trees may need to be removed.
Roof
At least once a year, climb a ladder, or use binoculars from the ground and give your roof a once-over. Check for loose or missing shingles and make sure the flashings are firmly in place. When it’s time to reroof, invest in weather-resistant shingles.
Clear the Yard
If you know a storm is coming, bring in items from the yard that could be blown or pushed around in heavy winds. This includes patio umbrellas, deck chairs, gardening equipment, toys and bicycles. Move large outdoor items such as patio tables, grills and trash containers against a wall. Park vehicles inside the garage or avoid parking directly under trees.

After the storm, the first thing to do (after you ensure your family and pets are safe), examine your home or business thoroughly for damage inside and out. Do not allow children or pets outside unsupervised until you can check for fallen trees, power lines, and any other storm damage that could cause injury.

If you should have downed powers lines, DO NOT TOUCH any downed power lines. Keep your distance, and do not retrieve objects near to or touching the downed line. Call the utility company immediately.

If a tree or large branch has fallen on your roof, evacuate the building until a professional from the fire department or a roofing contractor can assess the damage. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible, and call the professionals at Stutters Disaster Kleenup, and we will ensure that we have our experiences technicians to attend to ensure that there is no further damage to your home or business.

Check your roof even if nothing heavy has landed on your roof. Strong winds can tear and peel away shingles. Search for signs of damage, such as loose or torn shingles, as well as new water stains on your ceiling inside, or leaks in your attic.

Should you experience damage to your property, call the professionals at Stutters Disaster Kleenup, and we will have a trained technician dispatched to come to your property to ensure that there is no possibility of any additional damage, and we will start mitigating the wind damage.

We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  We are here to serve you.  Call Stutters at 1-877-763-1540, and we will attend immediately.

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