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Biggest Threats to Atlanta Homes (And How to Prevent Them)

Here in Atlanta, we’re no stranger to severe storms, freezing spells, and humid summers. And this variation in weather conditions means that our homes take a beating!

As one of Atlanta’s most trusted restoration teams, we’ve helped families recover from all sorts of damage. And, One Stop Restoration team to help you stay prepared for whatever the weather forecast has in store. Let’s take a look at the most common threats to your home and how you can lower the risk of damage.

Damage from wind storms

Wind from severe storms can take down trees and power lines, and even be powerful enough to rip away roof shingles or the siding of your home.

So, how can you protect your Atlanta home from wind damage? Here are a few tips:

  • Upgrade your windows. Modern storm windows are tested for severe weather conditions and can offer you another line of defense against flying debris.
  • Keep your property clutter free. When a storm is on the way, it’s best to properly store anything that might become a hazard, such as gardening equipment, building materials, and other loose items around your property.
  • Check the health of the trees on your property and practice regular trimming. One of the biggest threats to your home during a severe storm is damage from broken tree limbs. So, have the trees near your home assessed and trimmed.

Damage from flooding

Flooding is another unique challenge for Atlanta homeowners. Heavy rains from thunderstorms and hurricanes are typically to blame, putting homes in low-lying areas at risk for potentially devastating floods during the rainy season.

Here are a few preventative measures you can take to lower the chances of flood damage to your Atlanta home:

  • Waterproof your home. Waterproofing is a multi-step process that makes sure your home is water-tight from the ground up. It includes assessing your home for weak spots and leaks and improving your drainage system.
  • Clean out your gutters. Gutters are an important way to keep water from pooling around the base of your home or flowing in through cracks in your siding or windows.
  • Make sure your lawn slopes down from your home. A lawn that is level with your home can put you at risk of water flowing towards your basement where the soil is looser.

Lightning fires

Structural fires from lightning can create an emergency situation in a matter of minutes, so it’s important to know how to protect yourself before and during a severe storm.

  • Repair damaged wiring as soon as you notice it. Frayed wiring is dangerous even without an electrical storm. So, don’t let it go unaddressed.
  • Consider installing a whole home surge protector. You may already be using surge protected extension cords, but a whole home surge protector may be able to keep your larger appliances safe. Because these surge protectors are installed into your main electric panel, it should be done by a professional.
  • Make sure your smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are up-to-date. This is another preventative step to make sure you’re not caught off-guard in the case of an electrical fire.
  • Tidy up before the storm. If there is a spark from a lightning surge, you’ll want your home to be as unconducive to a fire as possible. This means clearing away and properly storing flammable materials such as papers, and keeping flammable materials such as curtains, clothing, rugs, and blankets away from electric outlets.
  • Unplug everything you can during a storm. If it can be unplugged before the storm, it should be! This includes televisions, computers, countertop kitchen appliances, and phone chargers. Make sure that you charge any electronics you may need in advance of the storm.

Hail damage

Here in Atlanta, we get the occasional destructive hailstorm. And the damage can range from a few scratches and knicks on your shingles to actual cracks in your roof, siding, or windows. This can lead to further damage down the road from water leaks, so you’ll want to treat hail storms seriously by:

  • Proactively checking the exterior of your home. Before a storm rolls in, it’s a good idea to check that your roof, siding, gutters, and windows are in good condition and fix any issues or weak areas.
  • Checking your home for cracks after the hailstorm. In order to lower your risk of water damage or mold growth, make sure to check your home entirely after the storm. If you do notice that there’s moisture, call in a restoration team within 48 hours so we can dry it out before mold starts to take hold.

In Atlanta, we prepare for the unpredictable!

From lightning fires to hail storms to tornadoes, Atlanta homeowners have to be prepared for a variety of weather! If you’re looking for someone to help you restore your home after it’s taken a hit or you’d like to take more preventative steps before the next storm, reach out to us at One Stop Restoration.


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