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5 Safety Tips for Your Home this Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is approaching fast and with all the other things on your mind for hurricane preparation, have you taken the time to make sure your home is prepared? The United States witnessed an above normal hurricane season for 2018, so why would you take the chance this hurricane season?

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, which leaves a lot of chances for your home to be in danger in the event of a hurricane. Luckily, Tar Heel Basement System has 5 helpful home safety hurricane tips.

Drain Systems

Your home should have a drainage system installed; however, for the ones who do not, think about having one installed before hurricane season arrives. Tar Heel can provide your home with the BasementGutter™ system, which helps keep water away from your home and its foundation.

For homes that have a drainage system already installed, be sure to check for any debris or clogging so that there is a clear path for water to run from your home.

Sump Pumps      

Tar Heel sump pump systems work together with the BasementGutter™ to keep your home dry. Sump pumps help pump water out of your home’s basement or crawl space, plus alert homeowners when the moisture and water levels become too high.

Once again, homes that have a sump pump previously installed, be sure to check to make sure they are working and alerting properly.

Leaks

Check your home’s walls, floors, and any pipes for possible leaks. If your home is suffering from a foundation settlement problem, then there may be possible cracks that could either allow water an entryway into your home or damage your home further during a hurricane.

Clean Gutters

Check your home’s downspouts and gutters. With time, debris and other junk can become stuck in your gutter which stops the flow of water from heading away from your home. If these are clogged, then it will cause water to pool around your home’s foundation and causing settlement or water damage.

Sticking Doors or Windows

Check all of your home’s doors and windows for possible cracks or if they tend to stick when opening or shutting them. Cracks will allow water easy access into your home, while sticking is a sign that your home has a foundation problem. If the foundation problem worsens, it is possible that your windows or doors could pull away from the frame allowing water into your home during a hurricane.

It is important to have a professional come inspect your home before the upcoming hurricane season to make sure your home is fully protected. Unfortunately, last year’s hurricane season was responsible for 33 billion dollars of damages and 154 fatalities, according to WeatherBug. There is no reason to take the chance on your most important asset, your home.

Call Mount Valley Foundation Services at 803-220-3550 or click HERE to fill out our free inspection form. Take the extra steps to keep your home safe.

Hurricane Season 2019 Names:

  • Andrea
  • Barry
  • Chantal
  • Dorian
  • Erin
  • Fernand
  • Gabrielle
  • Humberto
  • Imelda
  • Jerry
  • Karen
  • Lorenzo
  • Melissa
  • Nestor
  • Olga
  • Sebastien
  • Tanya
  • Van
  • Wendy

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