The 2018 hurricane season is already here. There’s water damage Glendale being carried out as a result of the massive damage experienced on homes that in Florida, Naples and Marco Island as a result of hurricanes. Whether you choose to stay in your house or leave your property when there’s a hurricane, there are several things that you should do so you can minimize the damage.
Here are 8 things that you can do, especially if you are planning to stay in your house during a hurricane.
Add Power Surge Protection
You are likely to experience power surges during a storm which can damage your electronic devices. Use a power surge protector to minimize chances of this happening. You can opt to have power strips which have built-in surge protectors installed in your electrical panel.
Cover Your AC Unit
Use a cover that has been approved by the manufacturer of your AC to cover the unit during a storm. This will protect it from damage from flying debris.
Protect Windows and Doors
Make sure that you have enough plywood stock to use during hurricanes to cover up your doors and windows. You can also use shutters.
Since shutters can be expensive, use them in a few strategically located doors or windows. Ensure that the shutters can be easily removed in case you need to leave your house fast in an emergency situation.
Seal Leaky Windows and Doors
Water can find its way into your house through leaks in doors and windows. This can lead to mold growth on your property. Therefore, seal up cracks and open places, especially during water damage restoration Glendale AZ.
Clear Your Compound
Clear away or tie down everything outside the house that can fly around during a hurricane and damage your property. Cut down or trim any low hanging branches and loose shrubs and trees.
Clear Gutters and Downspouts
A clogged gutter or downspout can lead to overflowing water that will get pooled around the house. This can do massive damage to the foundation and structure of your house and make it hard for water damage restoration Glendale to be done. Unclog any blockages and ensure that water flows freely through the gutters and downspouts at all times.
Check the Foundation of Your Home
When water starts seeping into concrete foundations it can lead to lots of problems, like the foundation cracking, shifting or even starting to sink underground. That is why you should spot signs of a cracking foundation as soon as possible. This includes cracks on walls and on floors, sagging floors, a musty odor and a wet crawl space after the rain.
Get Homeowners Insurance with Hurricane Protection
Read your homeowner’s insurance and make sure that it covers both hurricane and flooding damage. Add a hurricane policy very early because your cover will not be effective for the first 30 days after your application.