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Take These 3 Steps to Prevent Further Wind Damage

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

Hurricane Michael toppled trees and power lines in Tallahassee, Florida. Storms and wind gusts can be strong enough to force even sturdy plant life against your structure.

Take These Three Steps to Avoid More Wind Damage

Your Highland Beach, FL, business being ravaged by powerful wind exposes it to multiple issues such as a roof leak and decreased security. The repairs might take some time to complete so you will need to prevent damage escalation in the meantime. Take the following steps to protect the building during this vulnerable stage, ensure a faster restoration and avoid additional costs.

1. Call the Professionals

Depending on the level of wind damage, you will likely need outside help not just repairing the damage, but also preventing anything that could worsen it. For instance, a storm repair team will include additional measures that control the existing damage. Roof specialists can also assist with issues ranging from missing shingles to large openings. Do not forget to record and document all the existing damage to present it to both repair professionals and your insurance agent for efficient results.

2. Use Tarp and Plywood

Another way to prevent growing damage, a roof leak or potential trespassing is using materials such as tarp and plywood to cover any potential openings. Any unauthorized entrance can severely set back any progress made in the reconstruction procedure. Additionally, these materials provide some structure that can delay deterioration. Use tarp on a damaged roof to prevent more elements from entering the area and board up lower windows, doors and ground-level openings. Again, hire experienced contractors to handle this task.

3. Remove Any Trees

If your business is located near trees or large plants, there is a strong chance some may have fallen through the building. Storms and wind gusts can be strong enough to force even sturdy plant life against your structure. Fallen trees can create devastating damage, which can get worse if left alone or moved incorrectly. Protect your property and hire a tree company to inspect and remove the trees.

The recovery of your business can get complicated by additional damage such as a roof leak. Work with established contractors to mitigate the effects of wind damage.

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