At any time a hurricane approaches the coast, like hurricane Matthew, you’re likely to see scenes of people losing their energy and time “preparing” for the storm.
In truth, you may have seen these images so often that you think the folks shown are doing the correct thing.
If a hurricane is approaching, ignore:
Rushing to a building supply store to purchase plywood for your windows or taping up your windows.
If your home should be in danger of being struck by a hurricane, protecting windows and glass doors is almost always the primary thing you can do to ensure you’ll have a livable house if the worst takes place.
But, if you wait up until a hurricane watch is posted, you are far too late.
Taping up windows is a wild-goose chase because tape isn’t really going to keep your next-door neighbor’s garbage can – which he ought to have stowed away in a location where the wind cannot grab it – from breaking your window when a 100 miles per hour wind flings it at your house.
In reality, the tape simply might keep the glass from flying around the room when the trash bin hits it. But an essential guideline for any wind storm is to NOT be in a room with windows that can be broken. In the event your residence does not have a room without windows, at a minimum you should get down behind an overturned table or a heavy sofa in case glass starts flying.
If you lose time taping your windows, about the best you can wish for is that the storm will miss your house, and the tape will not be too hard to remove.
While tape does not do much, metal shutters or heavy plywood are essential. However if you wait until the track of the storm has been confirmed, you are probably too late to get the necessary supplies at your local home improvement store. This is due to the fact that the plywood needs to fit the windows and it has to be firmly connected to them.
Experts advise utilizing 3/4 inch plywood and drilling screw holes 18 inches apart all around it. Are you going to have time to do this after a watch is posted?
This is the kind of thing that ought to be done well ahead of time so the window covers will be kept with the screws began, and everything you’ll have to install them, such as a ladder and the appropriate size screwdriver convenient.
The huge concern you have to respond to ahead of time is: Who’s going to set up the plywood covers, maybe with a 20 miles per hour wind gusting to 30 miles per hour as a storm develops? It’s most likely a sure thing it’s not going to be your 70-year-old mom, by herself.
Why is securing home and windows so important?
When a window is broken, the wind blows inside to not just damage the interior, but likewise the roofing system is in danger from upward pressure from the wind, which might be enough to send it flying. If this takes place, the walls collapse and your home is done for.
Securing home can include impact-resistant glass or other long-term products that have passed the state of South Carolina’s impact requirements tests, pieces of marine plywood or durable shutters, measured and cut to fit each window and glass door.
Here are some other things you ought to do prior to a tropical storm or hurricane watch or warning is posted:
- Eliminate weak and dead trees or tree limbs on your house.
- Know whether your house remains in a zone that could be flooded by storm rise, indicating you’d have to evacuate.
- Have a plan for your family on where you will go if you leave, when you will leave (perhaps early to avoid traffic jams), and how family members will contact each other.
- If you may need to evacuate, have a “grab and run” bag all set with crucial documents, such as your homeowner insurance policy, and prescription drugs.
- You may decide to stay in your home if you live outside possible storm surge zones, and your home is strong enough, you need to intend on riding out the storm in a “safe room” inside your house.
- Have an evacuation or survival set prepared with nonperishable food, water, an emergency treatment kit and other things you’ll require.
- Have a battery-powered radio, maybe a battery-powered television for keeping up with the current advisories.
After a watch is published, you need to have done all of the important things noted above. Now you must stay tuned to forecasts and possible cautions. If you remain in a location that might be flooded, you ought to be prepared to leave.
Obviously, if you are living in a mobile house, or a house that isn’t really tough enough to stand up to the wind, you ought to evacuate early and avoid the rush.
The best time to prepare for a storm is before it strikes. Call the Home Remodel Experts for a complete analysis of your home.
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