“They” often say the only things in life we can’t escape are death and taxes. But, when Mother Nature gets riled up, there’s only so much we can do there, too.
When storm damage appears to be imminent, try to do everything you can, and then leave the rest up to fate and God. There are some precautionary measures that are well worth your time, e.g., assessing electrical situations and securing your windows.
Yet, when it’s all said and done, there’s no human force that can withstand certain levels of wind and rain. So, let everything happen that’s going to happen and then call in a cleanup service. Water damage isn’t just an inconvenience; it’s also a health hazard.
With all that in mind, let’s line up a few precautionary measures that you can begin to take today. You know what “they” also say about an ounce of prevention. It will always be worth a pound of cure.
Tuck Away Outdoor items
When it comes to preventing storm damage, try to foreshadow as much as possible. Remove any and all outdoor items that can cause damage. Here’s a list of common items that should never be left outside in a tropical storm:
- Patio furniture
- Outdoor storage bins
- Gardening tools and equipment
- Ornamental items
- Potted plants
Take the time to store all of these items away securely. And, when the storm hits, don’t stand anywhere near open windows because you never know what kind of debris can still make its way in.
Move Your Car
If possible, park your car in a garage or at least get it under something with a roof. Should the storm start to drop hail, your car could be severely damaged.
If neither of these are options, sacrifice some thick blankets and secure them to, at least, the roof and windows. But, in truth, should you be weathering a winter weather storm, you may not want to sacrifice thick blankets required for personal warmth.
Raise Electrical Items
In tropical states, you might notice that newer homes are starting to place their HVAC units on raised platforms. This can help when it comes to storm damage, depending on the level of the storm.
Do a perimeter check around your house or business. See if you can raise any sockets, fuse boxes, wiring, and other electrical items.
Before the storm hits, get ahead of the problem and power down everything. When the system goes, you could prevent damage to indoor electrical items. Take this time to also turn off the gas and water supply to your home or office.
Check Your Roof and Gutters
Move your perimeter check up to the roof when you’ve completed your ground work. Check for missing shingles, sheaths, slates, or tiles. If you have time, replace these so you have a secure line of defense against the beating wind, rain, snow, or hail.
Take this time to clear your gutters and pipes, as well, so they can function at full capacity. Ensure all your gutters are safely secured so the high winds don’t rip them off and become a hazard.
Look at Your Windows
Broken window sealant is as serious as missing shingles on your roof. So, each of these may be jobs that are better left to the professionals.
Either way, if time allows, don’t go into a storm with broken sealant on your windows. It may be as simple as caulking or glazing the area and that is something you might be able to address on your own.
Consider Storm Shutters
Now that you’re a window expert, you’ll want to take good care of them! Storm shutters are a nice line of defense against the perils of a storm. When a storm sweeps in with high winds, let the shutters take the brunt of the force, not the glass.
In a pinch, don’t be ashamed to board up your windows with plywood. The installation will vary, depending on the type of siding on your home. Some of the required tools and materials might include a drill, wood screws, gate latches, and/or masonry anchors.
Store Paper Items
If you have important files and other paper items that you don’t want to see destroyed, try to store them on high-mounted shelves. Or, move them up to a second story.
Best of all, a water or fire-proof safe or filing cabinet would serve you well during this time. We all have important documents that we don’t want to see washed away in the storm and this is one of the easier solutions to flooding disasters.
You might even take the time to convert some of your most important paper files to digital files. Saving them to the cloud will at least allow you to access them in the future, no matter what device you use.
Stack Up Sandbags
It’s a tried and true solution. Everyone conducting hurricane prep work will lay out sandbags as flood barriers if they’re available. Don’t be shy about making your own, either.
Another alternative is to check with your local offices. Sometimes, they have supplies available. Let the sand do as much of the water damage remediation as possible.
Secure Standby Power
If possible, make the investment in a generator. A quality generator can continue to power your entire house in the event of long-term power outages.
Whole-house surge protectors are another option. These can cost in the two to three hundred dollar range, but when you consider their benefits, it certainly seems worthwhile.
Don’t Fear Storm Damage
If you’re well-prepared, then make the decision not to fear storm damage. At best, you’ll be to stand tall against those high winds and raging floods. At worst, well, we never really stand a chance against Mother Nature, do we?
Do all you can and then accept the fact that there are some things in life that are out of our control. Also, for every problem, there is a solution.
If you’ve suffered water damage, give us a call here at Spaulding Decon. With nationwide offices, we will sweep in and remove every trace of water damage fast and affordably.
Again, water damage isn’t just a sad state of affairs. It’s also highly dangerous when you consider the mold that will soon start to grow.
Find your location on our map and leave it all to us. We’ll help you get back on your feet and, before you know it, you’ll be embracing your new space.