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Windproof Your Home Before Winter Hits

After a long, hot summer, the consistently cooler temperatures we’ve been having in the Philadelphia area come as some relief. However, as a public adjuster in Bucks County, PA, we’re well aware that winter weather and its accompanying damages are on their way. In particular, high winds don’t get much attention as a risk factor, but can cause extensive property damage. Today, we’ll offer some insight on windproofing your house before a storm strikes.

Trees – That old tree on your property may look picturesque, but if it’s unstable, it poses a serious threat to your property.

Your first line of defense should be to regularly prune any branches that pose a threat to your house or vehicle. Since this is a risky task in itself, consider hiring a professional tree service. Experts like these will be able to assess how much of a risk a tree poses, and will remove it from your property if necessary.

Roofing – Give your local roofer a call – now’s the time! High winds can rip shingles from your roof, leading to unsightly patchiness and structural vulnerability. Since winter storms pose snow and hail damage risks in addition to wind damage, it’s imperative that you keep your roof in top condition and act before the season starts.

Windows and Doors – Besides the structure of your home, there’s another beneficiary of windproofing: Your plumbing. When the wind chill drops, a house that hasn’t been properly windproofed runs the risk of frozen pipes – which can then burst, causing potentially severe property damage and costly repairs.

Avoid such a disaster by making sure that windows and doors are adequately insulated. Seal up any drafty spaces, and make sure your attic, crawlspace and dryer vents are covered, too.

If your home has been hit by wind damage, it’s not too late to file for an insurance claim settlement. Make sure you have the right public adjusters on your side. Based in Bucks County, PA, Citiwide Adjusters serves the Greater Philadelphia Area, helping our clients file claims on all kinds of property damage so that they receive a fair settlement. To schedule a free damage consultation, please call us at 215-809-2995. In case of emergency, call our 24/7 line at 267-688-6015.

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