If you live in an area that experiences many hurricanes and hurricane conditions, it is important to know how to prepare your home for a large tropical or wet storm that can damage your property. Knowing these tips can help you avoid extremely costly damage, not to mention the headache of having to repair and replace your property.
1. Review your current insurance and consider getting storm insurance
When you move to a place that experiences frequent storms, especially dangerous ones like hurricanes, you should review your current home insurance to make sure you are informed about what your policy covers. You may also consider expanding your policy or purchasing storm insurance.
2. Secure and seal your roof to prevent leaks
Before storm season rolls around, be sure to invest in the “health” of your roof. Invest in roof sealants to protect your roof from leaks and make sure it is checked regularly so there are no surprises in hurricane season.
3. Seal your windows and doors
Another tip to prepare your home for hurricanes is to seal your windows and doors. If you feel a draft in any of these areas, that means damaging water and winds could pass through. Seal this susceptibility ASAP.
4. Clean your lawn
While your lawn may be designed to perfection, you may need to bring those cute lawn chairs and cushioned decorations. With a strong wind from a hurricane, these things can be thrown and wreak havoc on your home.
5. Strengthen your garage door or secure your carport
If you have a garage or carport, that can be a problem during a storm. Make sure that if you have a garage, you reinforce your garage door to prevent it from breaking in high winds. The same goes for a carport or even a covered porch. Secure the carport to the side of your house and make sure all the attached columns are firmly on the ground.