Disaster Preparedness for Hurricane Season
Your home is one of your largest investments, so protecting it from natural disasters should be one of your top priorities. Here are a few things you can do to make sure your home is protected in the event of a hurricane.
1. Start with the roof
The roof is the largest potential opening on the house. Wind and water can create thousands of dollars’ worth of damage if they get in through the roof. Have us inspect your roof covering to make sure the shingles or tiles are secured and that none are cracked or missing. If you are planning to have a new roof installed, consider spending the extra money to seal the roof deck with a secondary water barrier. This usually involves putting waterproof tape over the seams of the roof deck or covering the whole thing in a membrane that seals water out.
2. Check Seals Around Windows and Doors
Weather can damage sealant or caulking over time, allowing rain to get in during a storm. This type of moisture intrusion can go unnoticed because it may be concealed within the walls. The longer this condition exists the greater the potential for mold growth of moisture damage. Properly sealing the window and door frames along with the construction joints will help prevent moisture from entering into your home.
3. Examine Utility Penetrations Through Exterior Walls
Electrical lines, air conditioning lines, and plumbing are typically routed through the walls to the interior of your home, left unsealed these penetrations become a pathway for moisture. You can seal these holes to prevent water from getting in your home by using the proper caulking that can be purchased for a few dollars at most home-improvement stores.
Are Your Prepared for a Hurricane?
Allow us to help you to protect your home. Call Bowman Building Assessment and we can provide you with a detailed report identifying potential problems that may put your home at risk.
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