How Jefferson City Residents Can Avoid Storm DamagePhoto by Gus Ruballo on UnsplashLike the Boy Scouts say, be prepared! While it’s always good to prepare early, the only time it’s too late is when the damage has already been done. As long as your property has yet to sustain damage, you have a shot at preventing it. Start by maintaining your landscaping and getting the proper insurance for your flood zone. From there it’s a question of building good habits and keeping your eye on the sky.Be Aware of Storm WarningsStorm warnings are essential to preventing storm damage. Leaving tools, heavy lawn ornaments, and garden debris around increases the odds of damage. If you get weather alerts on your phone, pay attention to them. Turn on the radio, check the internet, or watch TV long enough to find out if bad weather is coming your way. You probably won’t bring the grill in or do a quick check to be sure the back windows are closed if you don’t know a storm is coming.Maintain Your LandscapingWild trees and shrubs are common causes of storm damage. You can prevent storm damage in Jefferson City by making landscpaing your priority. If you’re afraid that you can’t snip your tree without damaging it permanently, look into basic tree trimming services. If you’re not looking for a fancy job, you will probably be able to find someone competent at an affordable rate.Check Your Flood ZoneWhile storm damage prevention is always the goal, it’s not always possible. You should take the time to find out what your flood zone is. Use this information to get the flood insurance that’s right for you. While your homeowner’s insurance may cover water damage from a burst pipe, it probably won’t cover natural disasters. The right insurance is the difference between a hassel and a disaster for your property and your wallet.Clean Your GuttersYour gutters are there to protect your building from water damage. Water that flows off your roof will soften the ground around your foundation. This can lead to slipping, tilting, or even seeping through the foundation into your building. Through the spring, summer, and fall, leaves and debris fall into gutters. The debris breaks down inside your gutter. This semi-decomposed mess can be a real problem for your gutters. Once they’re backed up, the overflow can do serious damage to your property.Storm damage can be anticipated, but not always prevented. Invest in the right flood insurance to keep your property safe. Be sure to prepare with maintenance, whether that means cleaning the gutters or trimming back trees. Keep an eye on the weather wherever you go, as that’s going to be a key reminder to take care of any lingering chores before the storm hits.