Hurricanes bring heavy rains, and with the growing risk of flooding, you can be facing water damage, mold, and more. It’s important to properly protect your property now that hurricane season is here. Even when covered by your home insurance, water damage repairs and mold remediation can be an extensive process, so use the tips below to ensure that your property is safe.
3 Tips to Protect Your Home From Water Damage & Mold
1. Inspect the Exterior
During days of precipitation, water will look for every possible entry point into your home. It may be through cracks around windows and doors, openings around vents and piping, through your roof, or in breaks in your siding. Do a comprehensive inspection to avoid this. Seal any areas of concern and replace missing or warped shingles. This will prevent moisture from entering small areas and causing water damage and mold.
2. Clear Your Gutters
When water isn’t properly flushed from your property, it will pool, leading to damage to landscaping, oversaturation, and foundation issues. Clogged gutters and downspouts are the primary cause, so clean your entire system. You should also check that the pitch from your home exterior into the yard is at a downslope to also direct water to storm drains.
3. Protect Windows
If flying debris breaks your windows, it may be days before it’s safe enough for you or a repair professional to replace them. If you don’t have storm shutters, install plywood over windows. This will protect them and ensure that water can’t freely pour in.
SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach is committed to keeping residents of Florida safe year-round, and if you suffer water damage this hurricane season, they can assist with recovery. Their experienced WRT-certified team offers comprehensive storm damage restoration services, including mold remediation, and will take every measure to ensure your home is safe to return to. Call (904) 429-4457 if you need assistance. For more advice, connect on Facebook and visit them online for a full breakdown of their services.