17/04/2017

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Preparedness

 

Hurricane Season: Ready or not, here she comes!

School is out for summer, and the weather isn’t quite insufferable… yet. It’s time for much deserved vacations, and time outdoors. But ladies and gentlemen, hurricane season is upon us. We know the last thing any of us wants to do is worry about home responsibilities. But, what have you done to ready your house for unpredictable hurricane weather? Let’s talk about it before the hurricane sirens take away our opportunities to prepare.

 

Hurricane Prep: Top Down.

Your roof needs to be checked first. A leaking roof, with lose shingles is the fastest way for storm weather to cause major damages to your home. A few weak spots means high winds can rip portions of a roof completely off, exposing your home’s interior to ALL the elements. Make sure to use roofing cement on any loose shingles, replace tiles along the roof’s ridges, and secure all your soffits with high grade sealant. Inside the home, make sure you have hurricane straps better securing the framework to roof and walls.

 

Protect your home from high winds.

In the event of high winds, your windows should be boarded, or secured with hurricane shutters. Please remember that tape alone does not protect your windows from flying debris crashing through your windows! Shattered glass is not only dangerous itself, its another way your home could be exposed to water, wind, and foreign objects that shouldn’t be inside… like trees and lawn ornaments.

Secure your entry doors with 6 inch bolts at the top and bottom, and garage doors with braces and brackets. Also place sandbags at any entrances, this will help to prevent flooding and adds extra support against strong winds.

 

Secure your yard, too!

Remove any trees or tree branches that are broken, or appear to be dead. These types of things quickly become dangerous flying debris in hurricane and storm winds. We also recommend that you use mulch, instead of rocks in your landscaping. Rocks, like branches, become seriously damaging when thrown at an average of 100 mph. 

 

Hope for the best. Prep for the worst. Document everything. 

We also suggest that you take recent photos of your home, for insurance purposes. Especially if you’ve made any home improvements since your last insurance evaluation. This can help you recover a greater value of the time and money you’ve already spent. In fact, we recommend that you walk through each room in your home with a video camera (you’ve probably got one on your cell phone). Stand in the center of each room and take a slow, three hundred sixty-five degree turn. Make sure your camera captures all of your contents – ceiling to floor. Then store the footage on a cloud based server. So you don’t have to worry about losing it in bad weather. 

 

If you have any questions, or want to learn more about your home’s stability and possible ways to help secure it’s structural integrity – please don’t hesitate to call Abry Brothers.