For homeowners who live in areas at risk of hurricanes there are some steps to take to mitigate damage. Many require advanced planning long before a storm is predicted. To protect your home, read and incorporate the following tips.
Roofs and Attics
An older roof may be weak and won't be able to sustain the wind and water damage. It may be beneficial to re-roof including strengthening connections between the roof and walls. It is wise to incorporate a wind-resistant and water resistant barrier in a hurricane susceptible area. In addition, attic vents need to be well anchored and sealed. Soffits should be attached securely. Otherwise large quantities of water can blow inside vents causing significant water damage and increase the potential for ceiling collapse.
Significant damage to homes often occurs from items outside of the home. Trees, rocks, lawn furniture and other outdoor items become windborne in a hurricane. It is recommended you avoid using stones as mulch in an area that is prone to hurricanes. When a hurricane is predicted bring in lawn furniture and any other items that aren't attached to a structure. Trim trees regularly to minimize the likelihood of falling limbs.
Maintain a household inventory so you can provide the insurance company a list of items you owned if the storm causes significant damage. Be sure to keep valuable records and a copy of the household inventory in a protected location. Have an evacuation plan prepared, including an easy-to-carry container with the items you intend to take with you. A camping backpack or duffle bag would work as well. Be sure to shut off utilities prior to evacuating.
Although it is not possible to move your home from the path of a hurricane, you can take steps to hopefully reduce the amount of damage your home will incur.
Protect your home from high winds and associated hurricane damage. Call Moore Insurance Agency at (361) 991-9000 for more information on Corpus Christi windstorm insurance.