Tips to Prepare Your Home For Hurricane Impact

Hurricane Florence

Know the Proper Sand Bags Use

  • If you buy sand bags, fill them with sand and not soil, but don’t over fill them. Fill them only 2/3 of the way. If they’re over filled they won’t lay flat. If they’re underfilled they’ll leave gaps which will allow the water to seep through. Here’s a PHOTO of properly filled sandbags.
  • Don’t put sandbags directly on top of each other. You need to lay them on the tied opening of the sandbag next to it and underneath it to build a proper wall to stop water.
  • To cover doors, duct tape a plastic tarp to the door and then lay down sandbags at the door’s opening as seen in this PHOTO. Sandbags alone without the plastic sheet may not stop water.

Be Aware of Outside Threats

  • Clear debris from gutters and window sills because heavy rain causes water to drain unevenly, potentially damaging your roof or foundation.
  • Add a longer downspout extension on your gutters to divert water farther away from home or business.

Check for Leaks to start

  • Check every single window in the house to make sure they’re closed tightly.
  • Before rain starts, place towels on the windows and buckets on floor. In heavy rains, you may have to change the towels and buckets several times. Remove wet towels and buckets or you risk mold growth which can start 24 hours after the rain hits.
  • Put aluminum foil or pie plates underneath furniture legs to prevent staining.
  • Moisture control your basement or crawlspace with a moisture barrier.

Don’t forget to take photos!

  • Homeowners often don’t have any proof of their belongings or the condition they were in before the storm. You should take photos of every room in your house, as proof for the insurance company.

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