6 Tips on How to Prepare for a Storm
The weather in Florida can be very unpredictable. There are days when the weatherman announces a sunny day that ends up being more of a thunderstorm. Being unprepared in these situations can lead to problems, especially in the latter where it can involve destruction of valuable property in serious cases like hurricanes and flooding. In this guide, we’ve got 6 great tips to prepare your house from a storm.
1) Inspect and Secure the Roof and Home
First, check the overall condition of your home. See if there are loose shingles, tiles, or metal on your roof. See if there is anything that doesn’t look secure that may easily be broken or dislodged by strong winds and rain such as gutters, fascia, and soffits. Also see, if you have items that are prone to water damage and move them to a safe and dry place. To better protect your home in strong winds, you can install tie down straps to your roof, carport and fencing. Reinforcing your garage door is also a good idea in high wind situations such as hurricanes.
2) Review Insuranace Policies
After checking the condition of your home, it’s also a good idea to review your home’s insurance policies. It’s helpful to know your coverages and deductibles for different types of damages. Make sure you have your policy and insurance claim contact information available in the event that you may need it.
3) Secure Doors and Windows
A heavy storm can bring possibility of strong winds and flooding, which may compromise your windows and doors. Sealing your doors and low windows may provide additional protection against flooding, while boarding up windows and glass doors will offer additional protection from strong winds and debris.
4) Bring Unsecured Items Indoors
If the weather shows that a storm is approaching, it’s important to take inventory of items around your home that may be carried by high winds causing possible damage. Bring unsecured items indoors, such as outdoor decorations, potted plants, patio furniture, and outdoor equipment. Put them indoors inside a shed or garage to best ensure your home and belongings will ride out the storm safely.
5) Trim Trees and Remove Debris
Check any trees and large foliage on your property for weak, dead or low hanging limbs that may be broken during a storm and prune them as needed. You may also consider harvesting any fruit-bearing plants so that they are not damaged by the storm. It’s very important to ensure that any debris from pruning is hauled away from your property before the storm because stacked limbs can take flight in high winds and possibly cause damage to your home.
6) Get a Professional Inspection
If you are unsure if your roofing is secure enough for an upcoming storm such as a hurricane you may want to enlist the help of a professional. A professional inspection may help prevent you from missing preexisting issues and provide safety to your home and your family.