Preventing Water Damage Before a Hurricane or Tropical Storm Hits

Rainwater from a hurricane or tropical storm drips off the side of a home

Tropical cyclones like hurricanes and typhoons can be very dangerous, so it is important to consider the safety of you and your family above all else and make necessary preparations ahead of time.

That being said, these tropical storms can cause large waves, heavy rain, and floods—all of which can result in severe water damage to your home. Not only can this water damage lead to structural damage and ruin personal belongings which would require costly repairs, but it can also lead to mold growth if left unattended, posing health risks to you and your family.

By taking steps to prevent flooding and water damage before a hurricane or tropical storm arrives, you can avoid the costs and risks associated with water damage and help ensure your safety and well-being after these storms have come and gone.

  1. Start by Identifying Potential Water Entry Points
  2. The first step in preventing water damage before a storm is to identify potential water entry points. Water can enter your home through doors, windows, and cracks in your foundation. Inspect your home's exterior and identify any potential entry points for water.

  3. Install Storm Shutters or Plywood
  4. Storm shutters or plywood can help protect your windows from flying debris during a storm. Consider installing storm shutters or cut plywood to fit your windows and store it in a dry location until it's needed.

  5. Seal Doors and Windows
  6. Sealing doors and windows can help prevent water from entering your home during a storm. Use weather-stripping or caulking to seal any gaps around your doors and windows.

  7. Clear Gutters and Downspouts
  8. Gutters and downspouts can become clogged with leaves and debris, causing water to overflow and enter your home. Before a storm, make sure to clear your gutters and downspouts to ensure water is directed away from your home.

  9. Secure Loose Outdoor Items
  10. Outdoor furniture, plants, and decorations can become flying debris during a storm, causing damage to your home. Before a storm, secure loose outdoor items by moving them inside or anchoring them down.

  11. Check Your Roof
  12. Your roof is your home's first line of defense against water damage. Inspect your roof for any damaged or missing shingles, and repair or replace them before a storm hits.

  13. Consider Elevating Your Home
  14. If you live in an area prone to flooding, elevating your home may be an effective way to prevent water damage. Consult with a professional to determine if elevating your home is a viable option.

Know that emergency preparations can only do so much in the face of truly chaotic natural disasters like tropical cyclones, and no matter how much you defend your home against water damage, there is always the risk of moisture finding its way in.

If your home or business has been affected by flooding or other water damage, Stanley Steemer is standing by 24/7 to respond immediately and provide professional water damage restoration services. Our certified technicians understand that the longer water sits the more damage can be done. We will remove the risk of water and dry your home or business—minimizing damage and providing peace of mind. We hope this never happens to you, but if it does, you can trust Stanley Steemer to help you through the entire process.

Nonetheless, taking proactive measures to prevent flooding before a hurricane or tropical storm hits can have a significant impact on protecting your property and loved ones from the adverse effects of water damage—making it easier for you to recover after these storms. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Start preparing now to keep your home or business safe from water damage.

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