Whether you live in the country or on the coast, frequent severe storms can be a major disaster. Experts advise you to direct your risk management efforts to the following four parts of your home – the roof and drainage system, windows, entry doors, and garage doors. The past few storms have shown us that storms can be, and are often, unexpected. No matter how good the weather may be, sometimes mother nature is highly unpredictable. That is why it is important to take steps to prepare your home for stormy weather before it starts. You do not want to scramble or rush at the last minute. Here are some ways to start preparing your home for the hurricane.
1. Install Surge Protection
An increase in power can lead to the rapid destruction of your unit, or a slow and steady decline in recurring power. You can add a power surge protector to your electrical panel and use power strips and built-in explosives to help protect your property. Your heating and AC system might also need special protection.
2. Roof and Rain Flowing Gutters
Make sure the covering on your roof is in line with local building codes. In windy areas, most building codes require six nails per shingle rather than four. Inspect your roof and streams for the rain to ensure that water flows freely to reduce rainwater clogging and probably away from your home. Hire a roofer to add storm clips of galvanized steel attached to connect the beams to the roof of the house.
3. Protect Windows
Storms bring strong winds that can break the windows. If your property is in a storm prone-area you might need to have storm shutters installed permanently. These shutters can be easily closed to protect windows. If you do not have permanent storm shutters, you can use plywood for windows. People often put tape on the windows thinking that it will prevent them from breaking. This is always helpful. The tape may prevent the window from breaking into such small pieces, but it will not prevent storm damage in your home.
4. Repair broken or damaged shingles and tiles
Another test round here! Make sure every single thing is safe. If not, they will need to be replaced or repaired. If you see curling shingles, bald spots on your roof, damaged shingles, or you see a leak, your entire roof will need to be replaced. A typical roof replacement costs something up to a few thousand dollars. But, can go up depending on your location and the roofing materials you choose.
5. See Signs of Water Leakage
While preparing, check the rim of your window for signs of water leakage or damage that has already occurred. Close any cracks or openings you find in the molding of your window or caulk. But do not stop there. If you already have additional storm protection like hurricane lids, never assume that those are foolproof, always check. Peeling paint, suspicious rot, or visible moisture in the glass behind a storm cover can all serve as warning signs of water intrusion. Finding and fixing these weak areas now can help ensure you are ready for the storm.
6. Build a Safe Room
The ICC 500 shelter, or storm shelter, is designed to protect against strong winds and floods. Designed to meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) standards, safe rooms provide complete protection from extreme weather, including tropical storms and hurricanes. IFC Safe Rooms are housed inside your home (as in a master closet) or as an addition to your home. If your safe room is built inside your house, a concrete lid is placed on top while the metal door is installed. Fortunately, whether you are integrating a safe room into the construction of your new house or re-installing a safe room in your current home, falls within budget.
Storms often bring major floods, winds, and even hurricanes, so do not assume that you will never be hit by a storm if you do not stay near the beach. If the storm goes your way, you should make sure that your roof is in good condition. You may want to double your protection and invest in both storm doors and storm-affected windows to fully prepare for the storm season in your area. Before a storm hits, add energy to your home building to help prevent air and water damage. By taking the above steps, you will be in a much better position before, during, and after the storm.