Hurricane season is the period in a year from June through November when hurricanes usually form in the Atlantic Ocean, which means that it is an extremely important time of year to make sure that your home is prepared for these tropical storms. Even if you don’t live in a state near the Atlantic Ocean, the effects of hurricanes can be seen all across the United States. Follow these tips to ensure you are prepared for hurricane season, and the unruly weather that comes with it.
- Secure the outside of your home. First, be sure to put away or secure any outside furniture, grills, or playground equipment. Since hurricane winds can reach speeds of 100-150 mph, it is extremely important to secure items that could easily be blown away or damaged.
- Check for leaks. Next, you’ll want to make sure that your home is leak-proof. Do a thorough check of your windows and roof and look for signs of leaks. You may even want to have your roof professionally inspected. Hurricanes bring very heavy rain, and you wouldn’t want any of that rain getting inside your home.
- Make sure your sump pump is working properly. As mentioned in the previous step, hurricanes bring very heavy rain. It is important to have a working sump pump to avoid any flooding or dampness in your basement. If you use PumpSpy’s SmartPump, you’ll have 24/7 monitoring to ensure that your sump pump is always working properly. Since hurricanes can also cause power outages, it might also be a good idea to grab the Primary Sump Pump Backup Power System, which automatically switches over to battery power when AC power goes out.
- Have an evacuation plan. While it is very important to make sure that your home is prepared for hurricane season, it is even more important to ensure the safety of you and your family. Have an evacuation plan in place so that you know what to do if a bad hurricane is coming your way. Be sure to practice the plan ahead of time.