How Handyman House Tech Can Get Your Home Ready For Hurricane Season
Hurricane season lasts from June 1st and goes through November 30th, with the peak of the season occurring between August and October. NASA has declared hurricanes to be the most violent storms on Earth. With peak hurricane season among us, take a look at ways to prepare your home to weather the storm:
Repair Gutters - loose and broken gutters are problematic for heavy rainfall and high winds, both of which occur during hurricanes. Poor gutters will not lead rainwater away from your home causing flooding and foundational damage while loose gutters become hazardous during high winds as they can rip off and come back to damage the home even more.
Move Furnishings - outdoor furnishings need to be moved indoors to prevent them from flying around during high winds which could cause damage to the furniture as well as your home.
Strap The Roof - strapping down the roof with hurricane straps or clips helps to prevent your roof from being torn off during high winds. Loose shingles should be nailed down as well.
Window Covers - windows should be outfitted with appropriately proportioned coverings or storm shutters. Poorly fitted plywood becomes just another projectile during high winds, and unfortunately, a masking tape X across your windows will not keep the glass from shattering.
Caulk - make sure that all windows and door openings are sealed properly. Use caulk to fill in the holes to keep your home shut tight from the outside elements.
Trees and Shrubs - trim the trees and shrubbery outside of your home. Upkeep of landscaping may be low on your list of worries during a storm, but wild branches create the potential for more projectiles damaging your home. Tie down any small trees or shrubs to keep them from uprooting and remove any trees which are likely to fall.
Secure Attachments - make sure that all carports, decks, canopies, sheds, etc. are all fully secured either to the house or to the ground. Any unsecured structure becomes at risk for hitting your home or flying away in the wind.
Replace Gravel - whether in driveways, flowerbeds, or elsewhere, gravel is loose enough and light enough to be picked up by the storm and also hard enough to cause damage to nearby structures. Consider replacing gravel with mulch - while still light and loose, the mulch is much less likely to cause damage to your home.
If you find yourself in need of home repairs before a big storm hits or even just need a hand moving furniture to safer locations, call Handyman House Techs. Handyman House Techs provides professional and reliable home improvement and repair services, including lighting and electrical upgrades. No job is too small or big. We are located in Gulfport, MS. If you need some extra help around your home, give us a call for a free, no obligation quote at (228) 297-0063 or visit us on our website www.handymanhousetechs.com!
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