In Maryland, hurricane season is here. With storms approaching quickly and storm paths constantly shifting, being prepared is essential. Don’t let yourself get caught off guard by a dangerous storm and prepare your home now for the hurricanes ahead.
Protect the Outside of Your Home
Hurricanes bring torrential downpours and plenty of wind along with them. When preparing the outside of your home, you should:
- Clean out and repair your gutters so that water can drain
- Move outdoor furniture and toys into a secure shed or your basement
- Use hurricane straps or clips to secure the roof of your home more firmly to the base of your house
- Close your storm shutters
- Touch up caulk around doors and windows if it is worn to keep moisture out of your home
- Check your carports, decks, porches and sheds to ensure that they are structurally sound and attached firmly to your home or the ground
- Test your drains and sump pumps to ensure that water is draining properly
Examine Your Landscape
Many of the most dangerous projectiles during a storm can come from your own backyard. Before a hurricane arrives, you should trim shrubs and trees to reduce the chance of falling limbs. If you have time, you should also assess the trees in your yard to check for any dead, dying or diseased branches and remove them. If you have small trees and shrubs, tie them down to the yard to prevent uprooting.
Review Your Insurance
Many homeowners don’t realize that they lack flood or wind coverage until they are filing a claim and it’s far too late. Every time a storm is headed your way, you should take the time to review your insurance policies and adjust them if needed. It’s better to know exactly what is covered before the rain starts!
Make an Emergency Kit
Do you have an emergency kit? If you don’t already have one, you should assemble one before any hurricane arrives. A simple emergency kit should have 3 days of food and water, flashlights or lanterns with batteries, cell phone chargers or back-up batteries and cash. You should also include any medications or supplies for your kids and pets.
Keep the Right Hurricane Clean-Up Partner on Speed Dial
Finally, you should make sure that you know who to contact when the water starts to rise. We have a great deal of experience in water removal, mold remediation and hurricane clean-up. If you are dealing with the aftermath of a storm, you know who to call! Flood Department can complete a wide range of mold removal, flood damage restoration and crime scene clean-up services. To learn more about our services and whether or not you have a mold problem on your hands, give us a call at 301-829-2600.