Secure Your Home

Header image of window with rain droplets on it with the words, Secure Your Home emblazoned on it.

Everyone wants to feel safe and secure in their home. There’s a lot of different facets to feeling secure in your home, but one of the big things to think about is how to make sure your home is secure for a big storm.

With Hurricane Season underway, creating a plan to keep your home as secure as possible despite high winds and more rain is critical to feeling secure inside your home during a storm. It also helps if you wind up having to evacuate. If you’ve done the work to secure your home for storms, you can have less anxiety about coming back home to a lot of storm damage.

Here are some of the ways Storm Guard suggests securing your home for Hurricane Season:

Check on Insurance Policies and Belongings

Review your insurance policy for any changes and to know exactly how you are covered in the event of a storm or hurricane. If you have questions, call your agent and make notes about what they say so you have something to refer to if there are problems down the road.

It is also a good time to catalog your belongings and know their worth for claims down the road. Be sure to take pictures of and around your home so you have more evidence for your claims.

Declutter Storm Drains and Gutters

This may be dirty work but it is necessary to keep your house safe. It’s good to take a weed eater to those drainage ditches so they are as clear as possible for water to run through them. Make sure to clean out any trash as well so it doesn’t float around if the water gets high or cause drainage issues.

Do Some Landscaping

While securing your home make sure to walk around your property and look at all the vegetation you have available. Check for any dead or leaning trees. If you have some, trim or remove them so they don’t fall on your house or a neighbor’s.

Install Storm-Proof Hardware

If you don’t already have them, be sure to install sewer backflow valves in the case of heavy rain. Also either install working storm shutters or invest in plywood to cover up large windows that could get blown out by wind or broken by projectiles. 

Clean-Up or Secure Loose Objects Before a Storm

Be sure to look for these items and either bring them inside before a storm or anchor them down so they don’t fly around:

  • Propane tanks
  • Potted plants
  • Garbage cans
  • Flags
  • Patio furniture
  • BBQ pits
  • Lawn ornaments

Here is a detailed guide put together by FEMA to help with hurricane preparation.

Get Your Home Inspected for Damage Before and After the Storm

Peace of mind matters during storm season and Storm Guard performs free roof inspections that inform people of any weaknesses in their roof. It is helpful to know there’s a problem or beginning of a problem before a big storm hits and a small hail bruise becomes a leak. The inspection can help you understand if your roof is secure for Hurricane Season. If it isn’t, we can repair or replace your roof before a big storm hits, making you and your family safer.

We are dedicated to our community before, during, and after the storm. Call us now at (504) 224-9164 to schedule your free roof inspection today.