How Can You Get Your House Ready for a Hurricane?

by | Aug 1, 2022 | Storm Protection

Winds from a hurricane bring flying objects that can destroy windows and doors. Most of the destruction hurricanes do to property happens after the strong wind, when rain gets in through the broken glass, doors, and holes in the ceiling.

If you prepare your house for a hurricane, you’ll be better able to handle the impacts of increased winds, flash floods, and hurricanes’ other effects. This article will discuss the effects of hurricanes and how to prepare your house for them. Read on!

What are the effects of hurricanes?

Towns and villages along the coast may experience extensive damage when a hurricane hits. Sand from the beach is moved about in large quantities. The strong flow of ocean water can carry up huge stones. Additionally, strong winds can destroy trees, and low-lying areas may experience floods. The destruction is determined by the storm’s intensity and the area it affects.

It may be easier to handle the effects of heavy winds and floods if you install hurricane shutters. The actions listed below can help protect your house while keeping you and your loved ones safe. If you rent a house, discuss with your landlords or property management the actions you may take to secure your household, your loved ones, and your belongings.

Protect Your Files and Electronics

It might be expensive to fix damages to your devices caused by flooding, electrical spikes, or material that has broken your windows. If you have a variety of gadgets, think about implementing house-wide protective devices before hurricane season rather than purchasing wave protector extension cords.

Move all your large appliances away from the windows in case of a hurricane alert. In the case of a power loss, keep your fridge running on the coldest level to keep food colder for long durations.

Save and Repair Your Roof

Hurricanes frequently cause roof damage because rooftops are vulnerable to the storm’s powerful wind and heavy rain. You might discover that your roof loses panels or decks after a disaster, your home has problems, or your roof is sinking.

Generally, your roof’s foundation can be harmed by water, which raises the risk of a leakage or roof collapse. So, before the start of hurricane season, have your roof repaired.

Huge Furniture Should be Secured and Elevated

During severe storms, the elements crashing through the glass and other vulnerable areas of your house, such as large objects like bookshelves, tv racks, and other furniture, often collapse. Use ropes or brackets to connect tall furniture to the wall securely.

You can lift costly furnishings close to your home’s windows and doors to prevent flood damage. By taking this extra care, you can avoid replacing anything destroyed by water, as you may save time and frustration.

Portraits and other delicate objects should be fastened or taken down from cabinets and walls to avoid damage or the risk of falling during a hurricane.

Protect Your Windows From Hurricanes

To maintain pressure or to prevent them from breaking, windows shouldn’t be opened during a rainstorm.

The safest option is investing in storm protection that has been tested and authorized during a hurricane. It will help if you protect these weak spots inside your home with hurricane shutters, impact glass, and other window coverings.

Make an Emergency Supply Kit

A hurricane’s impact calls for different concerns than the event itself. Your water and electricity may be out for days. An emergency kit can help you prepare for a disaster’s consequences, including the thought of going without power or running water for a lengthy period. 

Emergency supplies need to contain the following:

  • Radios
  • Flashlight
  • Backup batteries
  • Fully charged phone
  • additional batteries
  • Tools
  • Tweezers
  • Firefighting equipment
  • Waterproof pouch 
  • Candles or a lighter
  • Important papers 
  • Money 
  • Gauze
  • Antibacterial ointment and other medicines
  • Anti-mosquito spray
  • Water and non-perishable food items

Watch for Indications of Flood Water

Check if your home’s window and door casings are in good condition to protect it from a storm. If there are any moist spots close to your windows or doors, it can mean that the area is at risk of water from the upcoming storm. Any gaps or cracks in the window frame should be filled as soon as possible using sealant.

Several warning indications of water penetration include peeling paint, suspected rotting, and obvious wetness on the window behind hurricane shutters. Before the next disaster, you might want to contact a professional like Muhler to fix any major harm to your glass, screening, and doorways.

Inspect Your Generator

Look for indications that the old generator might require repairs if you’re not using it, and then bring it in for regular, yearly servicing. When getting ready for a calamity, the last step you want to find out is whether the generator is broken. Consider replacing your generator if it failed to provide enough electricity during the last storm so you can be ready.

Create an Evacuation Strategy

You will have to leave your house during a hurricane if the local authorities recommend you to. It’s important to have an evacuation strategy. Your plan can include where you’re going, what you’re bringing, how you’re getting somewhere, and how you will ensure your family is protected.

Assure yourself that you are ready to evacuate if a hurricane risk is identified in your area. In general, it is preferable to have a strategy than to be caught by surprise. Pets should be considered in the emergency evacuation; if your home is unsafe for you, it is also dangerous for them.

Conclusion

Before the hurricane season, give your entire house a complete check. You might wish to check and close any gaps, cracks, or leaks. Replace any broken hooks or supports. In essence, you want your house to be in top condition. A competent contractor should be able to assist you if you don’t feel like making a systematic inspection of your home’s storm readiness.

Muhler has various typhoons and hurricane product lines, such as accordion hurricane shutters, impact-resistant window frames, rain panels, weather stud attachment systems, cloth shields, cyclone windows, and more. Visit their website for more information on their products and services.

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