For the countless individuals that live in Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas, safeguarding your home from hurricanes is essential. One strong storm can leave your house devastated in a matter of hours. If you live along America’s hurricane-prone coastlines, home hurricane security is one area of investment you cannot afford to ignore. However where do you start? The following homeowner’s to do list covers five actions to take prior to a storm hits making sure your home is more secure.
- Secure your windows
The huge bulk of all hurricane damage is triggered by high wind speeds. High winds pick up particles and send it flying at incredible speeds. All it takes is one large sized tree branch to hit your window in simply the right area, and now your home has been breached. Ruined glass from window breaks likewise presents a genuine danger, especially if you are inside the house during the storm.
Hurricane shutters are among the very best investments you can make to secure your windows. Look for shutters that have actually received Horry County Product Approval, which is the highest standard in the market for hurricane security products. This isn’t something you should tackle yourself unless you are in the construction industry. Call MBHS Windows and Doors for information on hurricane protection shutters.
- Secure the garage door
This is particularly vital if you have a house with an attached garage. The garage door is a weak area in many houses, and it can be quickly blown in by hurricane speed winds. When the garage door is blown in and the wind pressure fills your home, it just take a short time for the windows and doors to blow in, too. In the worst case, the roofing system does the same.
Some garage doors are advertised as hurricane-resistant, however they can be costly. Securing your garage door doesn’t have to be a costly proposition! Think about boarding your garage door over with plywood, or utilizing 2×4’s to brace it from the inside.
- Set up hurricane straps
Galvanized metal hurricane straps are used to secure the roofing trusses to wall studs. If you’re constructing a new house, make certain the contractor utilizes hurricane straps, as this is among the very best (and most cost efficient) methods to make sure the roof does not blow off your home throughout a wind storm. Note: It is possible to set up hurricane straps on an existing house, however you might have to work with a professional roofer to do the job.
- Remove possible projectiles
When you warned a storm is coming, stroll all around your house and lawn, and think about items that could possibly be picked up by the wind and turned into flying projectiles. Lawn and garden ornaments, grills, birdbaths, patio or deck furniture, potted plants, and children’s toys are all things to be protected or brought inside.
- Trim your trees
Keeping your trees in great shape is an essential action in making sure that limbs won’t come down on your house throughout a hurricane. Initially, cut any huge branches that hang over your house. Second, thin the tree’s branches out so it won’t catch too much wind in a storm and end up being rooted out. Finally, consider removing trees that favor a structure or power lines, trees that are unhealthy, or that have actually decomposed and/or cracked trunks. These trees are a risk and needs to be secured by you, so that they’re not taken out by a storm. Call our local utility company if trees are obstructing power lines and they will remove them for you.
With a little time and planning, you can minimize, and ideally avoid, the majority of hurricane damage to your house.