Hurricanes move faster than cheetahs by producing winds of at least 119 kilometers. They are swirling large storms that come from warm ocean waters. Often, they can cause dangerous and powerful storm surges by pushing walls of ocean water to the shore.
The United States of America is experienced when it comes to tackling natural disasters like hurricanes. For example, the worst storm to ever hit the country was Galveston, which claimed up to 12,000 lives in the 1900s. In 2005, the country faced another terror as Hurricane Katrina ravaged the coasts, claiming at least 1,800. In addition, it left over $125 billion worth of damages in its wake.
That is why today, more and more people in hurricane-prone areas are becoming adaptable and preparing ahead of the rainy season. Here are some of the tips you can use to make sure you’re ready for another natural disaster.
Make Sure Your Doors and Windows Can Handle the Wind
With wins running over 100 kilometers, it’s vital to make sure that your house is sturdy enough to keep them out. One of the ways you can do this is by investing in high-quality doors with heavy-duty bots. Also, make sure that your doors are resistant to impact because there is no doubt that the hurricane will try to tear it down.
This is why you need to look for steel security storm doors. Not only can they withstand wind, but they are also sturdy that they can find back rust and sun damage that can occur throughout the years. In addition, there are many designs and colors to choose from that can add a touch of character and charisma to your home.
In addition, you can strengthen the hinges of your doors as well as secure the door frames. You might also want to invest in high-impact resistant glass for your doors and windows. It’s also prudent to install hurricane window films that are made of clear and touch plastic. Finally, install storm shutters and shield your windows with plywood.
You don’t want the wind to enter your house during a hurricane because it can be so powerful that it will deal a lot of structural damage. In addition to toppling down various home items, appliances, and furniture, the wind blows your roof off your house. It can even carry and lift trees and cars off the ground. Imagine what else it can do!
Keep a Clear Landscape
You want a clear landscape around your home because hurricane winds can lift objects and ram them against your house. That’s why it’s time to make some severe pruning on the trees, shrubs, and bushes around your home before the hurricane season arrives. You also want to remove any outside furniture and appliances.
For example, it’s best to move the decorations and furniture inside if you have an outdoor living room. You don’t want any objects that can potentially smack against your windows when the winds come. This also means that you need to do a thorough cleaning outside.
You also want to move those things inside because they will likely be damaged in the storm. If not damaged, they could be stolen. In other words, to protect your property, clean up your landscape by pruning the plans, and move your appliances and furniture indoors.
Close Any Gaps
You want to make sure that water doesn’t enter the house during a storm. That’s why one of the first things you should prevent is a leaky roof. Then, make sure to regularly maintain it because once it has leaks, the storm will be the least of your problems.
Water leakage can cause significant structural damage to the house. In addition, you may have to deal with rotting wood from your roof to the ceiling. The worst-case scenario is that your roof can collapse.
In addition, water can damage your electrical circuits and cause corrosion. Water can also invite fungi and mold to grow, which causes serious health issues for you, your family, and your pets. Finally, the leakage is going to let water and wind in, damaging your insulation.
Aside from holes in the roof, you also have to check out your roof vents. You can repair or replace the damaged vents. Don’t forget to check the shingles as well. Finally, don’t just rely on roof cement all the time. That’s just a short-term solution to the problem. It would be best if you call professionals to make the roof stormproof.
And of course, don’t forget to check for leaks in your walls. Watch out for musty odors, evident mold growth on walls and baseboards. You may have to check for staining. And if your paint and wallpaper are peeling or bubbling, then chances are that you leak. Repair the leaks right away before the storm barges in your home by tearing your walls down.
There is nothing we—not even science—can do to control the weather, but we can be prepared for when it strikes. Natural calamities like hurricanes are destructive; that is why you have to prepare your house and your property for strong winds, heavy rains, and floods.