Winter will be here soon, and anyone living in the Bay Area knows, some heavy storms will come with it. Is your property prepared? In this post, we’ll go over some key things you need to keep in mind to stay safe and secure this winter.
Do you have an older fence? One that’s been there for years and is starting to sag or fall over? Then that’s a potential source of danger during a storm.
Once the strong winds come, there’s a higher chance that your older fence could be blown over or destroyed. We see this happen all the time. Here are some examples of what that could look like:
So, in order to avoid the above, it’s best that you get a new fence sooner rather than later. A new fence will handle a storm better than an old one. And since the temperatures are cooler right now, the concrete around the fence posts will cure correctly, leaving it with a sturdier base. You can read more about why it’s a good idea to install a fence during cooler seasons here.
In the event that your fence is blown over and damage is done to your property, you’ll want to have Homeowners Insurance to help out. Of course, every policy will have some differences so it’s important for you to read your policy and see what is and isn’t covered.
Keep in mind that damage due to negligence typically isn’t covered. If your fence is old and nearly falling over already, chances are your insurance policy won’t cover storm based damage. You can learn more details about about homeowners insurance and fence damage here.
Look around your property to see if there’s anything else that’s at risk of falling and damaging your property during a storm. It’s a good idea to have dead branches or trees at risk of falling over removed from your property.
By doing some preparation work beforehand, you’ll be better prepared for the coming storms. By following these steps you can avoid unnecessary damage and also be prepared in the event that any damage does end up happening.