Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Prepare your Home and Your Family for Hurricane Season

Storm season is certainly upon us and hurricane season is about to come into full swing. Over the past several years, hurricane damage has made the news again and again, devastating lives, people, cities and nations. Every year it’s a good idea to remind yourself of how to prepare for a hurricane should you encounter this terrorizing storm. Fortunately, meteorologists are able to track hurricanes before they hit home; however, it’s always a good idea to have a plan in place to quickly put into action.
With over 20 years of experience in assessing storm damage, HomeTeam is knowledgeable in key ways to prepare your home for storms. Here are a few top tips:
  1. Protect windows and sliding doors with plywood that fits the area of the window or door. Taping a window or a door is an ineffective method to protect windows or doors. With high speed winds, tape is not going to hold the most damaging materials out. The best case is to have impact-resistant glass installed, but if that isn’t an option, drilling in plywood is the second best solution. To be prepared for the storm, have the plywood already made to fit the windows and sliding doors, because you aren’t going to be able to run to The Home Depot during a hurricane.
  2. Remove weak or dead trees from your yard. Dead foliage cannot withstand 100 MPH wind and can easily come through a window during a hurricane. Be sure to remove any dead or weak shrubbery from your yard each year.
  3. Have a generator in case your home loses power.
  4. Determine a “safe” room. This should be an interior room or closet in the middle of the first floor without windows.
In the event your home is affected by a hurricane, be sure to get a storm assessment. This will tell you what areas of your home need repair. A storm assessment should be a comprehensive verbal and written report detailing the storm damage. HomeTeam Inspection Service recommends having a storm assessment performed by an independent third party to receive the most accurate information on the damage to your home.

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