Somerset County - Be Prepared for Hurricane Season
Hurricane season starts June 1st
Prepare your property
It’s hard to believe but it’s less than three weeks until hurricane season starts. In the past few years, Somerset County has been hit pretty regularly so it helps to be prepared. SERVPRO of West Somerset County has plenty of experience with storm damage starting with Hurricane Floyd back in 1999, so we know well what likely causes of damage can be. The following tips can prevent the stress of having water where it shouldn’t be.
Inspect your sump pump
- Protect your contents, structure, and peace of mind by making sure that your sump pump is functioning as it should, before the rain starts.
Check your insurance policy coverage in case of wind or flood damage
- After the storm isn’t the time to find out the damage to your property isn’t covered.
Trim all trees and shrubs
- Any dead limbs can be a danger, but pay particular attention to trees close enough to your house or power lines to cause damage if limbs fall.
Use surge protection on all major appliances
- If the power goes out they could be damaged by a surge when the power resumes. Consider a whole house surge protection system to safeguard your expensive equipment.
Check your carbon monoxide detectors
- They should be checked twice a year, with one on each floor of your house. Power outages can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide levels.
Prepare your roof
- Even small issues can cause large damage in heavy rain or hail. If your roof needs to be replaced, consider getting one designed to be hail resistant.
Add storm shutters
- Shutters that can easily be pulled closed to protect your windows can prevent broken glass or leakage.
Clean your gutters
- Blocked gutters can send water where it shouldn’t be, potentially damaging your siding, foundation, and landscaping.
For more information about personal preparations for your family and pets, check the following:
Sometimes storm damage happens despite your best efforts and preparations. When it does, call SERVPRO of West Somerset County 24 hours a day at 732-805-9944 and we will come dry you out!