Your home is a priority, and when severe weather is starting to arise, it can be essential to understand how to take the right precautions. Severe weather is considered an event that will cause damage to significant structures, disrupt communities, and possibly cause personal injuries. So, in this article, we will discuss the most common types of severe weather in Minnesota and ways to help protect your home.
Severe Weather Events in Minnesota
There is one thing about Minnesota storms is that they can be unpredictable. June through August, tornadoes are some of the most common storms, and in winter, blizzards bring heavy snow and potential damage that may need emergency restoration services. The area can also see its fair share of flooding, and excessive heat in the summer months so being prepared is critical.
How Can You Keep Your Home Safe in These Events?
● Disconnect any appliances or utilities.
● Get flood insurance to help cover any damage costs.
● Add sandbags or barriers around the outside of the home if possible to prevent water damage.
● Ensure the home is winterized by sealing any leaks around windows or doors.
● Removing any tree branches or bushes that could cause damage to your home or windows.
● Make sure your home is insulated appropriately.
● If possible, be aware of how much snow accumulates on top of the roof. The average weight limit is around 20 pounds of pressure in each square foot, and a foot of fresh snow is around five pounds. Going over this weight can potentially cause a dangerous situation, so if it's safe to do so, it is recommended to remove excess snow.
● Ensure that your garage door is insulated and able to be bolted to the concrete floor.
● Investing in hurricane clips that are secured to the top plate of your home and then attached to the rafters and trusses will help enhance your roof's strengths.
● Investing in storm shutters for covering the window with plywood can also help protect the glass and interior of the home.
● Installing insulating concrete forms, which are blocks that can help brace specific rooms or your whole home for when a tornado strikes.
● Ensure you have ventilation in the attic and proper sealant for the roof material.
● Invest in flexible paint to prevent bubbling and chipping from sun exposure.
● Running sprinklers on the foundation to prevent damage.
Kiser Construction: Expert Restoration Services You Can Trust
Preparing your home before a storm strikes can help prevent needing storm damage repair and give you peace of mind knowing you have taken the necessary precautions. If you have experienced roof damage from wind or require restoration services, Kiser Construction is here to help with professional 5-star results.
Your home's safety is a priority so let us get it back in great condition! We have 24/7 emergency services, so contact us online or call us at 763-633-2010 today.