Dynamics

What to Expect from Summer Storm Damage

It has almost become a yearly ritual. Each summer, another season of summer storm hit the American south like a sledgehammer, resulting in various degrees of flooding and storm damage. Sometimes, the storms are followed by a huge hurricane like Katrina or Harvey.

If you own a home in one of these storm-prone regions, you need to act right away to protect your home to the maximum extent possible. Let me be clear: Under no circumstances should you simply stay in your home and wait for a hurricane to pass. Many people have died because they did exactly that. No matter how prepared you may be, it is a bad idea. I would like to add that the government was, in my opinion, a little too heavy-handed in this case. However, that does not change the fact that these people were not being rational.

The first measure that I recommend is trimming all the trees in your yard. At the same time, make sure you pick up all the dead limbs that may be laying around. They may be harmless now, but once those hurricane winds start whipping around, one of those limbs could easily take the siding off your house or go right through a window.

Another good idea is to install temporary wind shutters. These will do a lot to keep the extremely high-speed winds of the hurricane from ripping various pieces from your house. While you’re at it, take some plywood and board up your windows and doors.

You will also have to make the difficult decision of what to take and what to leave. When you evacuate your home (which will probably be necessary), you will have to prioritize and take only the most valuable things. If you are forced to leave anything valuable behind, it will need to be securely protected both from wind and water, but also from potential looters. I recommend burying valuable items in waterproof containers covered with a layer of axle grease and another layer consisting of plastic wrap.

If the situation is such that you don’t need to evacuate, be sure you stock up on all the essentials. These include food, fresh water and/or water purification supplies, medical supplies, building materials, fuel, pet supplies, hygiene supplies, and at least some kind of a weapon to protect from looters.¬†For a roof company Volusia county FL has plenty of options, but make sure it is a company that you trust.

One thing you should think about is the high likelihood that your roof will require repair. If you have a metal roof, you may get lucky, but if you have a standard asphalt-shingle roof, you can be sure that you will have to replace at least some part of your roof.