Hurricane season is in full swing, and if you aren’t prepared, it could mean flooding or damage to your home. When it comes to the high winds and heavy rains the garage door is usually the first to go, causing everything inside your garage to be potentially ruined.
Top Hurricane Preparation Tips
If you keep anything in your garage–a car, tools, bikes, and other stuff–a hurricane can wreak havoc by flooding and destroying your treasured items. Being properly prepared can save you a lot of time, money, and heartache when it comes to tropical storms. A weak or old garage door can cause serious problems during a hurricane. Follow these five preparation tips to make sure your home and garage stay dry this hurricane season. Click To Tweet
- Seal Leaks and Cracks
- Proper Drainage
- Strategic Storage
- Inspect or Replace Your Garage Door
- Use Sandbags
1) Seal Leaks and Cracks
One of the best ways to keep your garage dry and safe is by sealing up any leaks or cracks that might allow water to seep in. Check the walls, floors, and ceiling for cracks and then fill and seal them to help water from causing damage.
2) Proper Drainage
If your drains overflow, where will the water go? Be sure to check your street’s drains, but also take a look at how the water flows around your home, too. It might be in your best interest to install a French drain to help water divert from your area, keeping your garage and home dry.
3) Strategic Storage
If you are like most people, you store things in your garage. Just in case waters do make their way into your space, be sure to strategically store your items. Use plastic sealed containers, move paper items to higher shelves, raise furniture on concrete blocks, and also elevate any equipment, such as lawn mowers, power tools, and other things that require electricity or gas to run.
4) Inspect or Replace Your Garage Door
Prior to a hurricane, take the time to inspect your garage door. Does the weatherstripping need replacing? Is there a gap at the bottom of the door? Are there any holes in your garage door? If you have any of these issues, you might want to consider calling a professional for garage door repair, or you should also consider having a new garage door installation.
5) Use Sandbags
After you have inspected, properly stored, and sealed up any leaks or cracks, you can also use sandbags to help keep your house safe and garage dry if a hurricane strikes. While sandbags won’t guarantee to keep water out of your home, it will keep plastic sheeting in place to create a barrier from the water.
ProTip: Worried about keeping your garage safe and dry this hurricane season? Be prepared by sealing up any leaks and cracks, and make sure to inspect and replace your garage door before the storm comes.
Protect Your Garage this Hurricane Season
While hurricanes are unpredictable, you can make sure you are as prepared as possible when you follow the above five hurricane preparation tips.
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