Preparing for a storm doesn’t only mean stocking up on supplies or evacuating to safer ground. It also means securing property from the onslaught of nature. Here are several steps building owners can take to ensure there’s still something to return to after the storm:
Make sure the roof stays on the house. Before the storm swings around, inspect roofing to make sure everything is secure. This is especially important for gabled roofs, which are weakest against strong gusts. Loose shingles should be also held together with quick-setting asphalt.
Create a flood barrier. Floodwaters are a great threat to property, especially for structures in low-lying areas. To minimize the amount of water getting inside a house or building, get some sandbags and create a flood barrier around the area. This can help direct floodwaters away from the building and to proper channels. An even better way would be getting purpose-built flood barriers, as these last longer and are more effective than sandbags.
Prune the greenery. Some of the biggest damage to a house during a storm can come from trees getting uprooted by the strong winds. To prevent this from happening, make sure to trim branches to prevent the tree from catching these winds.
Elevate. Of course, protecting a building against floodwaters doesn’t end outside. For those in multi-story structures, it’s advised to store valuables in upper floors, just in case water gets past flood barriers. Living in a single-story building or a bungalow? Use bricks to prop up furniture and appliances out of reach of floodwaters.
Shutter up. Glass windows may break when hit by flying debris or by the sheer force of the wind. Hence, it’s important to use wooden shutters to protect these windows; in lieu of shutters, plywood can be also used. In the long run and if budget allows, consider replacing ordinary glass windows with the impact-resistant variant. While impact-resistant glass is not invincible—it can still break—it does not shatter completely.
Secure doors, from the front to the back, and to the garage. Again, due to strong winds or rampaging floodwaters, doors may fly open in the middle of the storm. Hence, solid wood or hollow steel single-entry doors should have three hinges plus a dead-bolt lock win an inch-long bolt throw. Meanwhile, garage door reinforcement kits are available from building supply stores; some manufacturers also offer free installation.
Of course, after the storm, it helps to get the services of a restoration company to help repair the building. In San Antonio, Texas, Mackenzie Restoration is one of the top names in the industry. Call us at 855-982-9654 for 24/7 emergency service.