Hurricane season is slated to start very soon and according to scientists, it will be an active season with between 6 – 9 predicted major storms. Rain and flooding from storms are often a catalyst for water damage. Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to prevent a storm from hitting, but you can take some precautions to ensure the amount of damage your home receives is minimal. In this article, we provide some tips to help you minimize water damage during storms:
Preventive steps for your home’s exterior
- Trim any excess tree branches, shrubs, or other landscaping that could become dislodged during heavy winds.
- Secure any outdoor items that could become projectiles with heavy wind, such as picnic tables, grills and lawn furniture.
- Inspect your gutters for any clogging. If your gutters are clogged, water can backflow into your home and cause water damage.
- Inspect your home’s foundation and siding for any cracks or chips that may allow water to enter your home. You can repair these yourself (DIY) or for the best peace of mind, call in a reliable contractor to do it for you.
Preventive steps for your home’s interior
- Inspect your windows and doors for any loose hinges, broken/cracked glass, or old caulking. You may also want to consider installing permanent shutters, such as roll-up or accordion shutters if your home doesn’t already have these. If you do have hurricane shutters, inspect them to ensure they are in top working condition.
- Keep your important documents safe. Place all your vital documents in one place that is well guarded against any potential storm damage.
- Have a plan. Knowing ahead of time what your evacuation plan will be if the storm becomes too severe is important. If the storm is not too strong, you should still have a plan and survival kit in case you end up stuck at home without utilities.
What’s next if you follow all of these steps but still experience water damage? Time is of the essence when it comes to water damage, so once you have definitively determined that there is water damage, it’s time to act. Turn off any electricity that may be on to prevent electrocution. If the damage is minor you may be able to handle it yourself but if it’s not, you should immediately get in touch with us.
If you’re in Charlotte, NC or the surrounding areas, NewGen Remediation Specialists is the only water damage restoration company that you should call. Our technicians will come out and do a thorough inspection of the damage, create an action plan and coordinate with your insurance company. NewGen Remediation Specialists know what to do to get your life back on track, all you have to do is reach out to us at <a href=”tel:(980) 207-4868.”>(980) 207-4868.</a>