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Hurricane Season is Here: How to Prepare Your Home for Storms Ahead

Every year hurricane season starts on June 1st and lasts until November 30th. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are predicting an above-average hurricane season likely producing a range of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 5 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5 with winds of 111 mph or higher). These projections are brought with 70 percent confidence. A result of these storms is inland rainfall and flooding. Flooded basements or wet crawlspaces compromise the structural integrity of your home, electrical units and heating equipment. In addition, other damages include mold, mildew, wood rot, foundation crumbling, metal rust and more. No matter the forecast it is better to be safe than sorry.

How to Protect Your Home During Hurricane Season:

1. Clean gutters.
Remove debris, such as leaves and other items that can clog your gutters and send water pouring down the side of your home or under the roof.

2. Check for cracks.
Existing cracks in your foundation can be an easy access point for water intrusion. Address these cracks and prevent water intrusion by caulking the cracks. 

3. Secure your yard.
The grading of your land determines whether stormwater runs away from your home or into it. Water damage on walls or floors may not be covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy. Be sure the landscaping around the foundation slopes away from the foundation.

4. Invest in a Sump Pump & Back Up.
If you have a finished basement, your sump pump is an essential piece of equipment to keep your home dry during storms, such as hurricanes. If your sump gets overloaded with water or stops working, the water could pour into your house causing damage that may not be covered by insurance. Have a backup for your sump pump with a battery in case the electricity goes out or go a step further and install a second sump pump giving you twice the capacity to pump water away from your home.

5. Waterproof your Basement or Crawl Space.
Build barriers to stop floodwater from entering and causing damage to your home. If an entire wall or floor is or has been damp from previous flooding, consider having a licensed waterproofing contractor inspect and repair the damage. A well-maintained and waterproofed basement protects you from floods, heavy winds, humid air, cracks, leaks, molds, mildew and more.

Be proactive in preparing your home for the 2021 hurricane season by contacting Carolina Foundation Solutions for expert installation of a crawlspace or basement waterproofing system at (877) 770-7050 or contact us online to schedule a FREE inspection today!

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