Hurricane Season is Here: How to Prepare Your Home for Storms Ahead
The official start to summer will be welcomed at the end of June, but many residents are already soaking up the sun by the pool or beach due to record temperatures. While sunny days are here, storms are ahead. The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season officially started June 1 and will end on November 30, 2017. According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and The Weather Company, this year’s hurricane season is expected to go above historical averages and be much more active. The NOAA forecasts there will be 11 – 17 names storms of which 5 – 9 will become hurricanes and 2-4 will be major category hurricanes. A result of these storms is inland rainfall and flooding. Flooded basements or wet crawlspaces compromise the structural integrity of your home, electrical units and heating equipment. In addition, other damages include: mold, mildew, wood rot, foundation crumbling, metal rust and more. No matter the forecast it is better to be safe than sorry.
How to Protect Your Home During Hurricane Season:
1. Clean gutters.
Remove debris, such as leaves and other items that can clog your gutters and send water pouring down the side of your home or under the roof.
2. Check for cracks.
Check for cracks on walls and floors that could let water into your house. If previous water damage has caused interior cracks, prevent watering from entering through the same spot by caulking the cracks.
3. Secure your yard.
The grading of your land determines whether storm water runs away from your home or into it. Water damage on walls or floors may not be covered by your homeowners insurance policy. Be sure the landscaping around the foundation slopes away from the foundation.
4. Invest in a Sump Pump & Back Up.
If you have a finished basement, your sump pump is an essential piece of equipment to keep your home dry during storms, such as hurricanes. If your sump gets overloaded with water or stops working, the water could pour into your house causing damage that may not be covered by insurance. Have a back up for your sump pump with a battery in case electricity goes out or go a step further and install a second sump pump giving you twice the capacity to pump water away from your home.
5. Waterproof your Basement or Crawl Space.
Build barriers to stop floodwater from entering and causing damage to your home. If an entire wall or floor is or has been damp from previous flooding, consider having a licensed waterproofing contractor inspect and repair the damage. A well-maintained and waterproofed basement protects you from flood, heavy winds, humid air, cracks, leaks, molds, mildew and more.
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