Before Hurricane Season: Prepare Your Home

Prepare Your Home Before Hurricane Season

Even though you may have hurricane insurance for your Lake Charles home, the best thing to do is to take preventative measures. Taking steps to help reduce your home’s risk of incurring damages will save you money and give you greater peace of mind. While your property may still suffer some damage, you can reduce the extent of it throughout the season.

Set Aside Some Supplies

In addition to suffering damage to your home, you may be faced with an extended power outage after a hurricane. Set aside a box of supplies to prepare for this outcome. The box should contain first-aid supplies, flashlights with extra batteries, and other essentials. Make sure to set aside bottled water and enough nonperishable food for up to a week.

Prepare Trees for Stormy Weather

One of the most common causes of hurricane damage is the damage caused by fallen trees. Hurricane season is the best time to have your trees trimmed and pruned to limit your need for storm restoration services. Branches that are close to your home should be cut and removed. You can also have your arborist or landscaper shore up the soil at the base of each tree to prevent them from being uprooted.

Check Your Sump Pump

This is also a good time to check the condition of your sump pump. If you have a battery-operated backup, make sure the batteries are fresh. You should also check your basement or crawlspace for cracks and bowing. If you find damage to your foundation, make sure to have it repaired before hurricane season starts.

Use Your Shutters

If your home doesn’t have hurricane shutters, consider investing in them. In addition to protecting your windows during a tropical storm, you may be able to get a discount on your hurricane insurance. Guarding against broken windows with shutters will help you protect your home from water damage.

 

If your home or business does suffer hurricane damage during hurricane season, get the restoration services you need from MBC Capital General Contractors. When you call us at (337) 366-3237, we can schedule an estimate and help you get started with your repairs.