August is known as the most notorious month of the year for Hurricanes in Florida. This month has seen an average of 3 big-name storms each year for about the last 70 years, so it’s a safe bet to say that there is a pattern. With that in mind, it’s more important than ever to make sure that you protect your home with these storm damage prevention tips for homeowners from Florida Dry.
Document Your Property’s Condition Before the Storm
The best storm damage prevention tip for homeowners is to have the necessary documentation of the condition of your property in order to file a claim with your insurance company if worst comes to worst.
Before any storms touch land, you want to make sure that you document the state of your property with pictures and videos so that if your insurance contests any of the damage, you have the proof that you need.
Check for Potential Debris Risks
Strong winds from storms can throw debris, like tree branches, at your property. To prevent this, you want to do what you can by clearing your property of any potential debris that could damage your home if it were caught in high-velocity winds.
Inspect and Clean Rain Gutters
Clogged rain gutters can cause some of the most storm damage to your home if left unchecked. When rain gutters are clogged, they can cause water damage and pooling on your roof. One potential risk of this is that sitting water can cause a leak in your ceiling. Another potential problem is that if your gutters get too heavy and rip off they can take the roof with them. So before the storm hits, be sure to clean out your gutters.
Protect and Secure Personal Property
In the same vein as removing potential debris from your yard, you want to be sure that you secure all of your personal property that would be exposed to the elements during a storm. Place patio furniture away and don’t leave your car parked in the front yard. You want to limit the amount of property damage.
Turn off Water Lines
Storms can cause a wide array of issues, but few are as damaging as burst water pipes that cause flooding within your home. If a storm is coming in, you want to turn off your water main to prevent secondary damages.
Review Your Insurance Policy
Before any storms touch land, you want to be sure that you have looked over your home insurance policy so that you are aware of what is covered and where your gaps are so that you know where you stand with your insurance.
Contact Florida Dry
If you experience storm damage, do not hesitate to contact Florida Dry. Our team of storm damage restoration specialists has the necessary experience to help you rebuild your property after a storm.