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Leaving Town Before Hurricane Season? Do This First

By August 15, 2018Water
Leaving Town

Leaving Town

Hurricane season can do a number on your property. We’ve already seen massive storms like Hurricane Harvey and Maria wreak havoc on homes across the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico. But as these southern coastal areas heat up for the summer, you might be thinking of leaving town during the height of hurricane season. If you won’t be around for any potential storms, make sure you prepare your home for hurricane season by doing the following:

Clean Out Your Gutters

Water will collect on the roof of your home if there are a bunch of leaves and debris in your gutters. This can overwhelm the structure of your home, leading to leaks and structural damage. Make sure you clear away this debris before you skip town for the season.

You don’t want to come home to see a bunch of water collecting on the roof of your home, or worse, a massive leak in your living room or bedroom. Cleaning out your gutters won’t cost you a cent, just an hour or two of your time.

Move Valuables Away from the Windows

You’ll also want to move your valuables and furniture away from the windows while you’re out of town.

Windows can turn into danger zones during hurricane season. You can even go so far as to buy window guards or covers, but if you don’t have the time or money, make sure nothing of value is in harm’s way. The carpet, drapes or furniture could get wet while you’re gone, leading to the spread of mold and water damage.

 

Guy & Hurricane Shutters

Guy & Hurricane Shutters

Caulk Windows and Doors

Water can seep into your home in all kinds of ways during hurricane season.

Take a few moments to caulk your windows and doors with some caulking gel. These small cracks and openings leave just enough room for water to get inside, flooding your entire home. Seal these openings around your home as much as possible to prevent even a small amount of water from slipping inside.

Trim Trees and Branches

All those large trees and branches around your property can turn into deadly weapons during hurricane season if you’re not careful.

High winds can rip the branches off a tree and send them shooting through one of your doors or windows, causing all kinds of headaches for you when you return home.

Take A Little Time Do The Extra

Tt’s a good idea to get rid of some of the potentially dangerous branches and trees before you leave town. Anything near a window should be taken down.

If you’re not sure how to get your home’s landscaping in shape for hurricane season, call a professional in your neighborhood. They’re probably used to trimming trees and branches for those worried about tropical storms.

Tree On House

Tree On House

Double Check Your Insurance Policies

It’s vital that you check your home’s insurance policies before you leave the area. You never know what kind of a mess you’ll have to deal with when you return home, so now is the time to make sure your policies are in good standing.

In addition to flood insurance, you’ll also want to check for wind insurance and other policies that might help you cover any unexpected damage to your property. Let them know that you’re leaving town and it might take you a while to submit a claim if anything goes wrong.  If damage does occur you may want to consider hiring an adjuster.

 

Every homeowner should do everything they can to protect their property before leaving town for hurricane season. If you’re not sure how to protect your home from potential water damage, contact the professionals at Total Care Restoration to learn more.

Kyle Haywood

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