How to Prepare Your South Florida Home Against Hurricane Damage

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In a bad storm season, South Florida hurricane damage can total in the millions of dollars for property damage alone. Never underestimate the power of these storms. Always take the warnings seriously and if they turn out to be wrong, be grateful. While the safety of your family should be paramount, you should also take precautions to protect your home against hurricane damage. Your Ft. Lauderdale home is probably your biggest single investment so it's smart to take steps to prevent damage and/or minimize damage after the storm has hit. Here are a few tips to do just that:

  • Make certain you have adequate insurance and that you have the number for the claims department handy. If your home is damaged you'll probably be looking for a Ft. Lauderdale home restoration company and knowing the cost will be covered by insurance can be a load off a homeowner's mind.
  • Check outside the house. Clean up debris and take in any objects like patio furniture, bicycles and lawn ornaments that might become missiles when the wind hits.
  • If there are tree limbs hanging over the roof, make a decision whether to cut them back or not.
  • If you have hurricane shutters, make certain you have all the parts and don't wait for the rain to start to install them.
  • Make certain your gas tanks are full or close to it. Getting gas may be a big problem if the power is off for an extended time.
  • If you have a garage, back your car(s) up until they touch the inside of the garage door. This will reinforce the door and minimize the risk of the wind blowing it off.
  • Stock up on tarps, roofing nails, duct tape and have a commercial mop bucket or two handy to deal with water damage.
  • Keep all windows closed. Wind blowing in through windows can provide enough lift to take a roof off.

We hope you'll find these tips helpful. Hurricanes are serious events, but with smart preparation you can better protect your home from extensive damage.

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