Summer storms are here -- Be prepared!
While Summer here in Maryland brings us lots of sunshine and pleasant warm weather, it also gives us a fair share of storms. And it’s looking like an active storm season as the Hurricane Season, which runs through Nov. 30.
In recent weeks and now with Hurricane Elsa lashing Florida and heading the East Coast including our Maryland region, we have seen some heavy rain and strong winds, causing trees and powerlines to fall in some counties. Lightning, thunder, flying debris and hail can also occur during these storms.
Just last week our emergency services team responded to a residential loss pertaining to a tree that fell on the side of a townhome during a thunderstorm. Our team tarped the affected area to prevent further damage to the home. This emergency tarping prevented other elements, such as rain and dust, from entering inside the cracks and openings of the siding, which the fallen tree caused.
Here are a few tips to make your property more secure during a storm:
Get your roof and foundation checked out. Are there any cracks in your roof? If so, call a professional to have it repaired ASAP.
Remove any tree branches that pose risk to breaking a window, for example. Getting a tree trimming before the summer storm season begins is a wise idea.
Invest in storm windows.
Bring all patio furniture, grills, etc. indoors before the storm hits.
Tightly secure outdoor items you cannot bring indoors.
Bring potted plants inside until the storm passes over.
If you have a garage, park your vehicle inside it before the storm hits.
If you must evacuate due to the storm, secure and board up windows.
We hope you find these tips helpful and wish you an enjoyable and safe summer!
SERVPRO® of Rockville-Olney – along with our sister franchises SERVPRO® of Silver Spring North, SERVPRO® of Laurel and Greenbelt NE/Beltsville E – is a full-service restoration company that specializes in the cleanup, restoration & reconstruction of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. We also mitigate mold & mildew, and biohazards from your home or business. Call us 24/7 at 301-340-1313 and let us help make it "Like it never even happened."