Even though the official start date of the Atlantic hurricane season is June 1st, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been recently discussing changing the official start date to May 15th – nearly two weeks earlier. This is because we have had five consecutive hurricane seasons with above-average activity, with a sixth forecasted this year. For these reasons, it is certainly not too soon to start getting your Ormond Beach custom home ready for severe weather, just read on to learn how.
Install Surge Protection
Power surges can occur in the blink of an eye during a storm and cause damage to your appliances and electronics. HVAC systems can be destroyed immediately by a power surge or break down slowly over time from repeated abuse. Add a power surge protector to your electrical panel to help protect your property and research special protection for your air conditioning if necessary.
Protect Your Air Conditioner
If you have an outdoor air conditioning unit, it will surely be battered and bruised by debris in a severe storm. Projectiles can lodge in your unit and cause significant damage. Rather than using a do-it-yourself solution such as a tarp or garbage bag, look into manufacturer-approved protective covers. Using anything else may void your warranty or damage the unit further.
Stock Up on Plywood
Plywood goes fast once we are in the heart of hurricane season so be sure to stock up on it early. This is an affordable solution to protect windows without shutters from airborne projectiles. Always make sure that the plywood you purchase is compliant with state inspection standards. As long as everything checks out, you are ready to board up your windows when the time comes.
Remove Debris from Outside Your Home
It is impossible to remove everything from the exterior of your home that may act as a missile during storms, such as tree limbs, but you should secure anything else surrounding your home, like furniture or toys. If you have room for storage inside, consider putting those items away before a storm, or try to secure them behind bushes outside. Also, cut any low hanging or unstable branches to protect your home as well as your trees.
Clean Out Gutters and Drains
Gutters play a vital role in flood prevention for your attic or basement because they direct water away from your home. Check your gutters and downspouts to make sure they are clear and able to channel water through them quickly and effectively. Anything blocking the flow of water can prove disastrous during the immense rainfall of a severe storm.
Make Sure You Have Insurance
Review your existing insurance policy to make sure that your most valuable items are covered. If you don’t already have a policy, look into procuring one as soon as possible. Furthermore, homeowner’s insurance typically does not cover flood damage. Flood insurance is a separate entity and often takes 30 days after purchase to kick in, so it is better to buy now than to wait until just before the first storm of the season.
You never want to be left scrambling at the last minute before a severe storm. Lack of preparation can have devastating and costly effects on your home. Fortunately, with hurricane season still some time away, there are plenty of opportunities to take every precaution possible for your Ormond Beach custom home. Start by following these tips and your home will be set up for success, no matter what this year’s hurricane season brings.