Hurricane Safety Tips

Friday, May 31st, 2019 by Jessica McDaniel


5 Must Do Safety Tips Before the First Hurricane Arrives

Hurricane season is here and is one of the most dangerous times for your home. After last year’s devastating hurricane season, don’t take the chance this year that your home will be safe from harm. Hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30. With hurricane season being such a long-time frame, it only makes sense to take the extra time in caring about the safety of your home for the season. Check these 5 home safety tips off of your list before the first hurricane arrives.
Hurricane Damage

Leaks
Check your home’s floors, walls, and plumbing for any possible leaking. Cracks in your home’s floors and walls allow water to enter your home, and any extra water pushing against those cracks will make them worse. Any plumbing that is showing signs of leaks should be checked by a professional, because in the case of a hurricane, those pipes may end up bursting.

Drainage
Make sure your home has a properly working drainage system to help keep water from gathering around your home’s foundation. Tar Heel Basement System’s BasementGutter system helps keep your home’s foundation safe from water. If your home already has a drainage system installed, be sure to check to make sure all debris is out so that water from a rainfall has a clear pathway away from your home.

Sump Pumps
Your home should be equipped with a sump pump system in either the basement or crawl space. Sump pumps help keep water levels at a low in both your crawl space and basement. They also will alert homeowners when the water levels become too high and work hand in hand with the BasementGutter system to efficiently keep your home dry.

Downspouts and Gutters

Your home’s gutters and downspouts help direct water away from your home and its foundation. It can easily get clogged with debris and other junk, which is why it is important to take the time to clean them before the hurricane season. Once these are clogged, the water will have no place to run and it will gather near the foundation of your home.

Doors and Windows

One common sign of foundation problems is sticking doors and windows. This just means if your doors and windows are difficult to open and close and they seem to stick while doing so then your home has a foundation issue. It is important that if you are noticing these signs to have a professional come out immediately so in the event of a hurricane, your foundation problem does not get worse.

The 2018 Hurricane season was a dangerous one. It resulted in 154 fatalities and 33 billion dollars in damages according to Weatherbug. After a season such as last year, why would you take the chance of having your home included in the damages? Take action today, call Tar Heel Basement Systems at (888) 333-1322 or Click HERE to fill out a form today to have a free inspection.

Hurricane Season 2019 Names:

Andrea
Barry
Chantal
Dorian
Erin
Fernand
Gabrielle
Humberto
Imelda
Jerry
Karen
Lorenzo
Melissa
Nestor
Olga
Sebastien
Tanya
Van
Wendy

About the author
Jessica McDaniel is the Senior Brand Ambassador at Tar Heel Basement Systems; authoring website blogs, video and widget content, as well as social media postings. You may see Jessica out at one of the many festivals or home shows that the company participates in as she loves to interact with the community. She lives in Lexington, the BBQ Capital of NC, with her fiancé and rescue pets.