Sep 212014

hurricane_house_damageA hurricane is the ultimate act of aggression from mother nature.  Its destructive forces can cause injury, death and an enormous amount of damage to property.

The scenes of devastated neighborhoods after these massive events has become all too common; such scenes are set to become far more common, as the effects of global-warming continue to worsen.  However, householders can prepare for these storms, and hurricane damage repair can be far easier when people have readied their homes for approaching storms.

One of the most devastating effects of a hurricane is the subsequent flooding.  Property owners should ensure they have ascertained their home’s elevation, and preparations should be made if flooding is likely.  A stock of sandbags should be purchased in order that flood waters are held at bay for as long as possible.  Should water enter the home, the readiness of water-pumps will minimize the disruption and damage caused.

rool up shuttersThe biggest risk to life during a hurricane is often the incredible speed of the wind.  Weather-warning services will normally give people enough time to cover their windows with wooden boards.  However, it may be more cost-effective to have permanent storm-shutters fitted to the property.

Many homes are constructed in sections, and the roof is often a separate entity to the rest of the building.  Hardware stores supply clips and straps for securing a roof to the rest of a structure; this may be a wise investment when compared to the potential costs of replacing the roof completely.

The most effective form of hurricane damage repair is prevention.  However, even the best-prepared homes will suffer significant damage as a result of the most violent storms.  The first task for householders after a storm is to take detailed photographs of the damage for insurance purposes.  The exterior of the building should then be hosed down in order to remove the dirt and debris left by flooding.   Care should be taken when opening internal doors; they are often the only thing supporting badly damaged ceilings.


Flooding will usually leave floor coverings and walls damp.  Fans, dehumidifiers and chloride pellets can be used to gradually remove any excess moisture.  All damp wallpaper should be immediately removed, as it can be the ideal breeding-ground for mould.  A properly certified contractor should be asked to check the property for long-term damage; small areas of damp can often lead to far bigger problems in the future.

Jake Alexander is a part of an elite team of writers who have contributed to hundreds of blogs and news sites. Follow him @JakeAlexander17.

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