Hurricane Preparedness

Jun 13 02:53 pm
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How to Prepare for the Hurricane

Hurricane preparedness means taking the precautionary measures necessary to mitigate areas of possible damage to your home, before a storm. We've listed six preventative measures you can take now to minimize the impact of damage to your home before the next big hurricane.

6 Steps to Prepare for the Hurricane

1. Caulk where needed. Caulk is cheap and can help keep moisture out of crevices to avoid water damage or mold.

2. Clean clothes dryer lint trap and exhaust dust. Between 2010 and 2014, fire departments across the US reported 15,970 fires involving clothes dryers.

3. Inspect and repair your roof. Check your roof for early signs of wear and tear, damage, or missing shingles. If age or unresolved maintenance issues are found to have caused the leak, it's very likely your insurance company will not cover you for the damage. Be sure to have all repairs made prior to hurricane season.

4. Clean and maintain gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters can cause water to flow down the sides of your home which can cause seepage to occur. This could further lead to cracks in walls, uneven floors, and interior water damage. Seepage is a maintenance issue and is not covered by your home insurance.

5. Inspect your deck. Simple upkeep can prevent decks from collapsing, falling apart, or otherwise failing - which usually happens when the deck is packed with people.

6. Trim trees and shrubs. Do this before weak limbs bring the whole tree down, or worse... turn into deadly missiles.

Once hurricane wind and rain start blowing, there's nothing you can do. But by taking these preventative steps, you can prevent them from causing major damage to your home. The best hurricane preparedness is having adequate home insurance and flood insurance.

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