We are in the midst of hurricane season, and even here in Maryland we often see the effects of the high winds and flash floods that this time of year can bring.
As architects, there are many steps we can take when constructing or remodeling a building or home to mitigate storm damage. We will factor in location, materials, backup power, and sustainability, amongst other things.
However, what should home or business owners who aren’t in the process of building or renovating do in order to protect their property from hurricanes and summer storms?
We’ve compiled a list of steps you can take to prepare your home or business for hurricane season:
Document before disaster strikes
Take pictures of the exterior and interior of your home. Take individual pictures of any items that are particularly valuable. Use a fireproof and waterproof safe box to store the most important things.
Reinforce areas vulnerable to wind and water
Check your doors and windows to make sure the seals are working. Have a professional look at your roof to make sure there aren’t any loose shingles.
Take a look at nearby trees
Flying limbs can cause a great deal of damage during a storm. Cut down any limbs that are dying to protect your – and your neighbors’ – property.
Check your gutters
Gutters and downspouts play an important role during storms, channeling water away from your home. Make sure they are completely free of debris, and reinforce the brackets that hold them up.
Have a backup power supply
All homes and businesses should have an emergency electrical source. Having a generator will be vital if you lose power for days or weeks.
Are you interested in making more substantial renovations to make your building storm proof? Contact us today to request a consultation.