Hurricane Florence is on it’s way to the East Coast, and millions of homeowners along the coast are preparing for the effects of the strong storm. While the hurricane is predicted to hit North Carolina the hardest, Maryland may experience some effects of the storm, including heavy rainfall and possible flooding. Take the time to prepare your Maryland home now before the storm hits, as it is better to be safe than sorry!
Hurricane winds and rain can be powerful and dangerous, so it is vital to protect your roof, doors, and windows. These preparations may include strapping down the roof to reduce damage, put head and foot bolts on entry doors, and buy window covers or storm shutters. If your home has additional structures such as a deck, shed, or carport, make sure they are also protected and structurally sound.
Protect Your Landscape
Items in your landscape are even more vulnerable to hurricane winds, and can result in more damages for your home and cars. One of the most important ways to prepare for any storm is to trim overhanging branches, as they can easily be knocked down and crash into your home or car. As for smaller trees and shrubs, it is helpful to tie them down to prevent uprooting. A few days before the storm is predicted to hit your area, walk around your yard and pick up any loose items or debris, such as pool toys, yard games, and decorative items. If you have outdoor furniture, tie the pieces down or store them in your garage or basement.
Review Insurance Coverage
Before any major storm, it’s important to review your insurance coverage to know where you stand when the hurricane hits. Home insurance policies will vary, and if you have any questions, it’s best to get them answered before you face any damages. Once this hurricane has passed, take the time to prepare for future storms by looking into separate policies, such as wind and flood insurance.
While it is not yet known how much of an effect Hurricane Florence will have on Maryland homes, it is best to be as prepared as possible. Take inventory of your home and possessions by taking photos and videos of the contents of your home. Having photos documenting your items will be very helpful if you need to make an insurance claim.
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If you are ready for expert wind and storm restoration services at any time of day or night, Smith & Son’s Contracting has the expertise, quality, and experience in the restoration and insurance industries you need. We don’t settle for less, and you shouldn’t either. For an exceptional job at an honest price throughout the Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Pasadena, Ellicott City, Severna Park, and Columbia areas, give us a call today at (410) 360-5252 or 1-800-246-3782 for 24/7 insurance home emergency service. You can also keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and contact us here. We look forward to serving you.