How to Avoid Water Damage in Your Home

Prepare your home for hurricane season

Hurricane season is right around the corner and will be here before we know it. As Floridians, we know how damaging these tropical storms can be for our homes. On average, hurricanes cause over $28 billion in damage each year. If you don’t want to be a part of that statistic, take these steps now to help prevent water damage in your home.

how to avoid water damage in your home

Top 5 Ways to Stay Dry

If you are looking to carry out your hurricane preparations yourself, there are a few things Florida homeowners should check off their list when preparing for a major storm. If you want to keep the inside of your home dry during a hurricane, consider the following:

  1. Seal gaps. Thoroughly inspect your home for any cracks or gaps that could get bigger due to extreme weather. Use caulking or another sealing agent to fill the gaps so water cannot get in.
  2. Trim trees. Any trees or foliage near your roof should be properly trimmed, cut, or tied up. Since hurricanes can reach winds over 156 mph, any plants or objects near your home that are not secure could crash into your roof and create a large leak.
  3. Board up windows and doors. Keep glass from breaking and doors from flying open by boarding them up with strong plywood. This will not only prevent damage, but keep water from entering your home (or at least slow it down).
  4. Reinforce entrances with sandbags. Whether you decide to board up your doors or not, you should pack sandbags in front of all of the entrances of your home to prevent wind from blowing water through the cracks where the door and the door frame separate. While water may not typically blow in during an average rain storm, when you pair rain with such severe winds, you shouldn’t take unnecessary chances.
  5. Check up on your roof. As Central Florida’s top roofing company for over 10 years, we can say with great certainty that an old or damaged roof will not survive a hurricane. More so, roofs that are “okay for now,” can become exponentially worse during a severe weather event. Many homeowners do not even realize their roofs are damaged or old, nor do they know what to look for to determine if they need repairs or a roof replacement. After all, a lot of roofing issues are found below the surface or may not seem like a “big deal” to the untrained eye. That’s where Roof Commander comes in.

Be Prepared

Before the stormy season starts, we suggest working with the experts at Roof Commander to ensure your roof is ready for strong winds and heavy rain. Why taking chances this hurricane season? One phone call can protect your family and your investment BEFORE disaster strikes. With our experience and knowledge, we can leave you feeling safe and ready to endure whatever this hurricane season may bring. If you’re ready to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!