Water Damage Hurricane Season Fort Lauderdale

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5 Tips to Prepare Your Fort Lauderdale Home for Water Damage in Hurricane Season

It's that time of year again and you should start preparing to prevent water damage in hurricane season in your Fort Lauderdale home. While you might think that hurricanes are responsible for most of the water damage that Fort Lauderdale homeowners experience in a year, the actual culprit is everyday leaks and appliance failures. We think that homeowners pay much more attention to preparing for water damage from a hurricane than they do from the hoses bursting on their washing machine…and that's a good thing.

Hurricanes can do massive water damage to a home. The principal points of entry of water will come from damaged roofs, broken windows and ground level storm surge.  Given the difficulty in finding affordable hurricane insurance in Florida now, it makes sense to do as much as you can to keep your home and garage as protected as possible.
Here are a few tips to do just that.

  1. Have your roof inspected for missing shingles, tiles, flashing and dry rot. Replace or repair the deficiencies and then look at the framing for the roof and add metal strapping to reinforce joists if required.
  2. If you have gutters, make sure they are clean and no debris is blocking the downspouts.
  3. Take a look at trees and bushes surrounding your house. If limbs are hanging over your roof trim them back. If there are any dead limbs cut them off. If you have new trees that are tied down, reinforce the tie downs to prevent the tree from becoming a missile in high winds.
  4. The best protection for your windows and lanai are permanent storm shutters or ballistic glazed glass. An alternative is temporary shutters made of marine plywood cut to size. Taping windows does not strengthen windows however the tape may hold glass shards together so they don't become glass shrapnel when the window breaks.
  5. Examine the exterior for points where water could enter during flooding (air conditioning compressor, phone or cable line etc.) and ensure that they are adequately sealed with caulking.

If the hurricane threat requires that you evacuate to a shelter or out of town, don't mess around…leave. We guarantee you don't have a mop and bucket big enough to handle the water damage that a major hurricane can cause. There is no point in risking injury by riding out a dangerous storm.

However, before the storm you want to identify a qualified water mitigation and remodeling firm like All Florida that offers 24/7 emergency service. Immediately after the storm those companies are going to be in high demand and it is best that you don't waste time looking one up on the internet. The sooner you can get professional help the less damage your Fort Lauderdale home will suffer.

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