Hurricane Season Checklist
Gainesville, Fl. -- Hurricane season begins tomorrow, and it's time to prepare.
As early as next week a storm could be approaching Florida.
Before a storm hits, examine your roof.
If it's outdated, hurricane straps can be bought and installed to reinforce structures that may not be up to code.
General contractor Terry Martin-Back recommends checking with your insurance company before you purchase them, you could qualify for a deduction.
Next, go outside.
Look over your roof boots, shingles, eaves, and gutters to make sure they're clean, working properly, and free of holes.
These are all areas water can make its way into your attic, walls and insulation.
If you have a pool, examine your pool screen to make sure it's still securely fastened to the ground and won't be affected by high winds.
If you have a mobile home, shed, carport or similar structure, check to see if it is properly bolted down as well.
Look around your property, and your neighbor's property, for trees that may need to be removed.
Dead or dying trees are at a higher risk of falling during windy, rainy conditions when the ground becomes saturated.
Before a storm, move all loose items on your porch or in your yard into a safe place where they won't become projectiles.
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