As Hurricane Florence nears the Carolinas, residents along our coastline are heading inland. Here in Greensboro, we are expected to get several inches of rain as the remnants of this powerful system sweep across the Triad. More than 40 of our local agencies have come together to help prepare our area for what’s ahead, and we have all been informed of the need to take precautionary measures.
While your family is likely well on their way to being fully prepared for the storm, your thoughts might also be moving toward how to recover after it has passed. Will your home sustain damage? How will you address the problems quickly if it does? How quickly can you get your family back to a more normal routine? There are several tips the experts recommend. Let’s take a look at a few.
During the storm, you may find yourself huddled inside a room or feeling limited to one area of your home. Or, you might even decide that leaving your home is best, especially if you’re in an area that’s prone to flooding. Once the storm has passed, it’s natural to want to get out and inspect your home and yard or return home to analyze any damage. Do so with caution. Downed power lines, fallen trees, gas lines impacted by flooding and other such hazards can make the paths in and around your home extremely dangerous. Look for indications of any hazards or structural damage. Cracks in the walls, live power lines too close to your property or large trees that have fallen are all indicators that potential danger is very near. If you see these things, talk to local officials as quickly as possible, and stay away from the dangers until they review the situation.
Protect Your Property
As we are further inland, the likelihood that our homes will escape the worst damage is high. However, if your home sustains minimal damage, such as a broken window or missing shingles on your roof, address these problems as quickly as possible. Boarding up a window or putting a tarp over your roof is a great way to minimize the damage your home incurs. This can save you time and money when making any necessary repairs. Take pictures of any damage you do find before making even minor corrections, and save any receipts for materials or repairs you take care of yourself. These could prove useful when you contact your insurance agency to file a claim.
Cleanup around Your Home
While some cleanup jobs require assistance from a professional contractor, other tasks are easily self-managed for most homeowners. Cleaning up yard debris, sweeping glass from a broken window or cleaning up minimal water damage are some examples of things you might be able to take on yourself. Before doing so, make sure you have the right equipment. Professional safety gear like safety glasses and gloves is also important. If your work involves repairing electrical lines or cleaning up extensive water damage, play it safe and call in a professional.
Build Your Home to Withstand Hurricanes
Home remodels are common after a hurricane because sometimes the damage is extensive enough that a minor repair won’t be enough. If you do find the need to renovate, it’s worth your while to think proactively and prepare for next time. Many innovative construction practices can help your home to better withstand hurricane force winds and heavy rains. While some require that you make a little more of a financial investment, your family may find the long term peace of mind to be worth the cost. Discuss options with your general contractor as you plan your home remodel.
As we move through this hurricane, keep safety in mind first. Protecting your family is always the priority. Once the event has passed, it’s a good time to evaluate your property, focus on any necessary repairs and get back to a more normal way of life. Alair Homes Greensboro is here to help with professional home remodeling services. Contact us if you have questions or need support from a trusted general contractor.