Miami (and the rest of Florida) has witnessed plenty of destructive storms and hurricanes. These forces of nature have resulted in hundreds of casualties over the last few decades and have caused billions of dollars in property damage. And while everyday citizens cannot stop a hurricane from arriving, they can take precautions to lessen the risk the hurricane imposes on them.
One way of taking precautions is to fortify your house before hurricane season hits. This isn’t a one-item solution, but is actually a list of things you need to invest to keep your house strong as withstand the winds, floods, and large debris common during stormy season. Here are a few things you should consider doing to protect your home.
Get Your Roof Fixed
Before rainy season starts, it’s important to know that your roof is at its best condition to withstand harsher elements.Residential roofing servicescan help detect leaks, inspect for quality, and install better, stronger roofs before heavy rains, storms, and hurricanes arrive. After a storm hits, have your roof assessed if it is damaged and needs repairs or replacement.
Clean Your Gutters
If you haven’t cleaned your gutters, now is the time to do it. Some people may say that you only need to clean your gutters twice a year, but if you live in Miami, you might need to do it more often. Clogged gutters can make the rainwater cause significant damage to your home and can become a breeding ground for waterborne diseases, which can harm your household members. Ideally, you should clean your gutters before rainy season and then inspect for clogging and damage after every major storm.
Seal Your Doors and Windows
Your home’s doors and windows are the most vulnerable parts of your home when strong winds start. If your doors and windows have large glass panels, all it takes is one flying debris large enough to hit the glass and expose your family to the outdoor wind and debris. As much as possible, install iron or steel bars on your windows to reduce the risk of larger debris hitting your windows. Or, before a storm starts, cover the outer side of your doors and windows with thick wooden planks.
Another threat storms pose are the cracks and holes in between your doors and windows where air outside can come in. For extremely high winds, having these cracks may be enough for the wind to break down your windows and doors even without debris. Use strong tape or sealing material to seal off these cracks.
Chop Down Your Trees’ Excess Branches
Having that orange tree in your backyard may have given you healthy orange juice with pulp in the morning, but if you’re not willing to cut down some of its branches, it can be a safety hazard for your home. Pruning your trees can reduce its wind resistance, which can help to reduce damage to your tree while preventing loose branches from breaking and becoming large pieces of debris during a storm. Remove the branches that are dead, dying, weak, and too close to your house, especially your doors and windows. Sure, your tree may not look as pretty when you’re done pruning,
It’s much better to perform these tasks before a storm hits. While there’s no assurance that your house won’t sustain any damage, taking precaution can lessen the severity of how bad a storm or hurricane has damaged your property.