Steps to take to prevent damage from occurring can include:
- Inspect all the doors and windows. It is critical to look for cracks around doors and windows. If you spot cracked caulking, repair it so that your windows don't leak during a rainstorm. Also be sure you replace a door's old weather stripping, especially if it is damaged. This will help your door seal correctly and keep the rain out.
- Check the roof for leaks and weak spots. If you don't know how to inspect your roof, hire a roofer to do a free inspection/evaluation. Find out if there are critical repairs that need to be done prior to the heavy rain and snow. This will help you avoid finding a pool of water on your floor later down the line.
- Clean out the rain gutters. Rain gutters need to be cleaned out frequently in order to remove the debris and allow the gutters to drain the rainwater properly. When the gutters are clogged, it can cause rain to run onto your windows and doors and may cause damage.
- Inspect your landscaping. Verify that water is running off of your property correctly. If water pools in a specific area, it can damage your foundation, deck, porch, lawn or more.
By planning ahead and taking simple steps to prepare your home for winter weather, you may be able to avoid a Texas residential insurance claim. Although you have done everything you could have to prevent a property claim, you may still have one through no fault of your own. When this happens, call a skilled Texas insurance claim attorney at the Voss Law Firm at 888-614-7730 and receive a free, no-obligation consultation.