When the winter season is just around the corner, property owners in New York understand how important it is to prepare for the months ahead in which rough weather can cause serious damage to their home or business. Winter brings a variety of destructive elements to the east coast each year, such as strong winds, freezing temperatures, and heavy snow fall.
The following tips can help you protect your property from storm damage.
Severe storms and blizzards can inflict a lot of damage on a property’s roof, resulting in structural issues, leaks, and even collapse. The best defense against roof damage is to trim back any tree branches or trees that could fall on your property during a storm.
After a storm has passed, be sure to clear snow off the roof as soon as possible to avoid water damage from melting snow or ice damming.
Walls and Foundations
Small cracks in walls or foundations can lead to bigger structural problems if left unattended and exposed to the elements. Be sure to seal any holes or cracks that might allow snowmelt to leak into to your home or business and cause water damage or mold. Hire a licensed contractor to inspect your property for structural damage and to make any necessary repairs.
During the cold winter months, prevent your property from losing too much heat through the attic, basements, or even crawl spaces. Extra insulation will not only help hold the heat inside but also prevent snow and ice from melting on the roof too quickly. Insulation will also help keep water pipes from freezing and becoming damaged.
New York Storm Damage Attorney
While some winter-related property damage can be prevented, in the event that your home or business is damaged and your insurance provider denies your claim, contact the NY property damage attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP. Our team is committed to protecting the rights of insurance policyholders in New York. If you believe that your insurance claim is valid and was denied unjustly or handled in bad faith, call us at (212) 986-7353 for a free evaluation of your claim.