Hurricanes can leave a wake of catastrophic devastation on coastlines, and even several hundred miles inland. They can produce winds that exceed 155 mph, as well as micro-bursts and tornadoes. Moreover, they create storm surges that often result in the need for extensive storm damage repair.
Take the following measures to help prepare yourself and your home:
- Know whether your property is flood-prone, and what the elevation level of it is.
- Identify dams and levees in your area and evaluate whether they could cause the need for potential storm damage repair.
- Know where you will go and how you’ll get there if there’s a need to evacuate.
- Cover all your home’s windows. Shutters provide the best protection, but another all-year option is the installation of impact-resistant laminated glass.
- Be sure shrubs and trees around your home are well-trimmed.
- Reinforce your garage door.
- Clear clogged or loose downspouts and gutters.
- If a storm is approaching, bring all outdoor furniture inside, as well as garbage cans, decorations and anything else that isn’t tied down.
- Install clips or additional straps to securely fasten the roof to your home’s structure. This will help reduce potential storm damage repair work to the roof.
- If you live in a high-rise building, be prepared to take shelter on a lower floor when high winds are blowing because windy conditions intensify with height.
At Service Master ERS, we are a local family-owned and operated company with more than 60 years of experience in the residential & commercial disaster restoration industry. We’re here to serve your family and your community.