Wind and water, as we know, can make a devastating impact on our homes. While our region is experiencing a notable season of heat waves, hurricane season is also in its running. This season spans June 1 to November 1, and we have already seen the formation of subtropical storm Andrea in May of this year. Whether the forcast says the 2019 hurricane season will likely be normal with 2-4 predicted major hurricanes or not, it is best to always be prepared. In the case of an impending storm, follow this checklist to protect your home from hurricane flooding and other such damage.
Secure Windows and Doors
The windows of your house are arguably some of the most vulnerable parts of your house. Under high winds, windows can shatter. A good precaution to secure your windows is to board them up with storm shutters or plywood. Do not simply tape your windows, as this does little if anything to prevent glass from flying into your home.
Likewise, secure your doors. Make sure that their locks are sturdy and cannot easily fly open in high winds. You may want storm shutters for doors with glass fronts and skylights as well.
Also, pay attention to your garage door. This often overlooked part of a house or property can result in serious damage if not secured. Putting a brace on the garage doors is highly recommended.
Inspect Your Roof
Inspect your roof for leaks, loose tiles or shingles, and rust. Check the roof’s sheathing (the wooden boards nailed on top of the beams) from the attic, and add nails if necessary. Clean the gutters too to prevent hurricane flooding and damage in and around your home.
Check Your Elevation and Electronics
To specifically prevent flooding, check your home’s elevation. How high are you above sea level? Check your home’s electronics, sockets, appliances, and HVAC unit to see that they are at least 1 foot above the potential flood level. At the very least, move electronic equipment to a higher floor.
Secure Loose Outdoor Items
Remove or secure loose outdoor objects like pots of plants, watering cans, patio furniture, etc. These could potentially knock against (or into) your house. Trim trees and cut off dead branches also. With wind whipping against your home and a hurricane flooding your property, you’ll want to minimize debris as much as possible.
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