10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season

Hurricane SeasonIt’s that time of year where hurricane weather could be on the horizon. Now is the best time to get your home ready for hurricane season so that you can minimize any and all potential damage. Here are 10 ways that you can do just that!

  • Install Impact Windows

Double-pained, air-tight storm windows will keep air out and resist impact from flying debris.

  • Invest in Fiberglass Doors

A fiberglass door can be designed to look like wood, so you won’t have to compromise on looks, but it will also outperform normal wooden doors in severe weather. Continue reading “10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season”

Avoiding Water Damage During a Major Storm

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States. Unfortunately, you don’t always have to live right next to a body of water for it to happen. Hurricanes, water runoff, and even melting snow can all create substantial water damage in a home.

Giving your house the protection it needs before the storm comes through your area can keep water from destroying fundamental parts of your home.

Preparation

Sandbags have been used for centuries to prevent flooding. They’re effective for diverting water, which makes them a great line of defense. Sandbags are generally made of burlap. They often hold coarse sand. They can be stacked to build barriers around low-lying areas of the home to protect water from getting in doors or damaging the foundation.

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What Is Included in a Storm Damage Assessment?

If you’ve gone through a storm, even if you and your loved ones are perfectly intact, it’s possible that your home could’ve taken a considerable amount of damage. It’s in your best interest to do a Storm Damage Assessment if you want to file a claim with your insurer. 

If the damage is visibly severe, it’s likely that you’re going to need to call in a professional and keep from inspecting it yourself. There are contractors who are skilled and equipped to perform an assessment based on the following: 

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What to Do After a Hurricane or Tropical Storm

You probably know that you should evacuate the area as directed in the case of a severe tropical storm or hurricane. It can be very nerve wracking to have to leave your home and all of your possessions behind to flee the area, and you might be anxious about what you will come home to. Although you may simply have relief that your home is still standing, it is important to take some steps when you arrive back at home to ensure that you and your family are safe.

Check All Points of Entry

Check all of the points of entry to your home, including every window and door. Make sure that the storm didn’t cause any holes, drafts, or shattered windows. If you do have broken windows or doors, get some plastic and wood to cover the entryways completely to protect your home and belongings while you are waiting for repairs. Call a contractor right away.

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3 Reasons Not to Put Off Repairing Storm Damage

Having your home in the path of a major storm can be extremely expensive and stressful. While you will need to contact your insurance right away, it is not wise to put off starting your repairs. Here are three reasons not to put off repairing storm damage.

Reduce Chances of More Flooding

If you do not repair storm damage right away, you could experience additional flooding in your home. If another storm comes on the tail of the last, you could experience some additional water damage if you haven’t repaired the original damage. This can cost you even more money and damage your belongings.

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