Florida is called the Sunshine State for a reason. The pleasant and sunny weather is something many Floridians enjoy. However, it also regularly experiences hurricanes. Tropical trade winds start to blow near the equator from June to November, causing hurricanes to move from east to west. 

If you live in Florida, you need to prepare your home and protect it from water damage and hurricane damage. The hurricane season peaks from August to early October when the Atlantic reaches its highest temperatures. 

Now that the hurricane season is coming, only preparedness can give you peace of mind. Here are some suggestions on how you can ensure that hurricanes do not give you problems in the coming days. 

  • Protect Your Sheathing.

Every home relies on its exterior sheathing for protection. It can be made from different materials, such as plywood, bricks, siding, and so on, and acts as a defense against any outdoor damage. 

If you want to have the best protection you can get for your home, you need to add another layer of defense to your sheathing. It is a good strategy if you live in a hurricane-prone location like Florida. 

For protection against water, fiber cement siding is one of the best materials. This material is waterproof and can hold moisture. With it serving as your sheathing, it can lessen the chances of water entering your household. 

  • Search for Openings and Seal Them.

If there are openings that could let the water in, water damage is still likely to happen. Inspect your house and look for cracks and gaps in the foundation. Include the windows and doors in your checklist too. Use a high-quality sealant to patch the cracks and crevices.

After doing that, make sure to include your internal water sources in your inspection. See that your pipes and vents are also fully sealed to avoid any water damage inside the home.

  • Toughen Your Entry Way

Besides ensuring that no cracks are present in your walls, doors, and windows, it is vital that you reinforce your doors and windows. They are essential parts of the house, acting as a defense against external forces. Since hurricanes are part of the reality of living in Florida, it is best if your home were specially designed to withstand the climate. 

Use impact doors and windows. They may be pricier than regular doors and windows, but they could give your house a better chance of surviving strong winds and water damage. If that is not within your budget range, a good alternative is using thick exterior-grade plywood. For windows, using heavy-duty shutters also helps improve their overall durability.

Conclusion

Follow the three tips we have to ensure greater security against property damage. If water enters your home, make sure to remove the water immediately. No matter how small the amount is, it could still damage your house in significant ways. If not due to rot, the house could develop molds, which are also harmful to the residents’ health. 

Make sure to call a property restoration company in the event of water damage. Redline Restoration is your restoration specialist in Florida. We are a full-service, insured, and certified company that provides immediate responses 24/7, for both residential and commercial spaces. Whether you need property restoration from water, fire, and mold damage, we can fix the problem for you. Contact us at 561-634-6820.