As hurricane season approaches every year, you might take a few steps to prepare your home in the event of a big storm. However, there are some steps you can take that can really come in handy during severe hurricane weather. Here are just some of the things you can do to prep for hurricane season.
1. Replace Your Windows
If you don't already have hurricane impact windows, it might be a good time to consider the switch. These windows are resistant to impact from flying objects, making them ideal for homes in areas that are prone to storms. The glass can shatter; however, it is designed to stay in place instead of leaving shards of glass all over your home. The result of impact shattering one of these windows is similar to what you might see if something strikes your car's windshield. Talk to your contractor about replacing your windows with storm impact windows, and ask about adding impact-resistant doors to the home as well.
2. Do Some Landscaping
Trees and bushes can become problems during storms. Branches can break off and land on buildings, and both trees and shrubs can even be uprooted during storms. While you can't predict or completely prevent damage caused by trees, doing some landscaping can help reduce the chances. Have shrubs and bushes trimmed regularly, and have weak or torn branches removed in advance of storm season. If you have a rock bed, consider replacing it with mulch. Loose rocks can cause damage to windows, doors, and roofs during a severe storm.
3. Inspect Sump Pumps And Drains
Some homeowners find that it's not actual damage from the storm that harms their homes. Instead, they experience damage from the flooding that sometimes follows a hurricane. To protect yourself from flooding, it's a good idea to have the drains in your home inspected. This would include any floor drains in basements, cellars, and bathrooms. It's also a good idea to have your sump inspected so you can be sure it's keeping water at bay.
4. Stock Up On Supplies
Having a stash of supplies is important during hurricane season. Bottled water, canned goods, and snacks are all great options for your emergency supply kit. Be sure to have flashlights ready in case the power goes out, and keep a battery-operated radio available in your emergency kit so you can keep track of storm news. Keep your emergency supplies in an area of the home that you would normally gather to ride out the storm, such as the cellar. If there is an evacuation order placed for your area, you can simply pack your emergency supplies in your car, so everyone has plenty to eat and drink as you drive to safety.