Homes are a place of safety, security, and refuge. The place where we can come after a long day and relax.
That can all change in an instant when elements like hurricanes barge into our lives.
Suddenly, home isn’t safe anymore. It’s a place of panic, stress, and frustration. In the worst cast scenarios home is simply gone.
At Design Tech Homes we don’t want you to have to experience the gut-wrenching pain of seeing your home badly damaged or destroyed.
That’s why we’ve compiled these eight ways to ensure that your home is prepared for the next big storm.
Ready to protect your home from a hurricane? Let’s get started!
1. ROOF WITH INTENTION
To protect your property from water damage and flying shingles it is imperative to make sure that your roofing is attached well.
Ensure that builders fasten the roof deck to the frame by nailing the sheathing with ring-shank nails. These nails ensure that your roof won’t be torn off your house by wind and pressure changes.
Also, make sure to seal the roof deck to minimize potential water damage to your attic.
2. SHUTTER YOUR WINDOWS
Preparing for a hurricane is a big pain – but broken glass only makes clean up more difficult.
So what can you do to avoid shards of glass laying everywhere in your home?
Most important is making sure that your windows are breakproof by investing in strong shutters or roll-downs.
As a bonus, they’ll also help keep out the sun and make your house more energy-efficient.
3. BRACE YOUR GARAGE
Pressure changes are just as dangerous as water damage when it comes to hurricane damage.
Water outside of the house or high wind speeds can both create changes in pressure which can cause the garage door to cave in and rip off its tracks.
To prevent this, we recommend installing a garage door bracing system. A system like this helps to prevent pressure from caving in the doors and causing even more damage.
Every property is located on different levels of elevation. Learn what your property’s base flood elevation (BFE) is from the local building department.
Then, check the property survey to find the elevation of the lowest floor where you live and plan to elevate your building if it’s under the flood line. This is the surest way that your home and belongings will stay safe even in the face of rising water.
If your home does get wet, take steps to eradicate the moisture as soon as possible so you can prevent mildew from setting in.
5. DRY FLOODPROOF
If you don’t want to elevate your building another option is dry floodproofing all the areas of your home below flood level. This ensures that your home is sealed and watertight.
How does dry floodproofing work?
We recommend contacting a home builder to help with the process of dry floodproofing – but the process is pretty simple in its boiled-down form.
The walls of your home are coated with rubberized sheets or special waterproofing compounds.
The result is a dry home, even when you are surrounded by water!
6. WET FLOODPROOF
Another option for the easiest post-flood clean-up possible is to outfit your house with waterproof materials during the building process.
- Clay, concrete, or ceramic tile
- Galvanized or stainless-steel nails
- Hurricane clips
- Indoor-outdoor carpeting with synthetic backing (do not fasten down)
- Vinyl, terrazzo, rubber, or vinyl floor covering with waterproof adhesives
- Metal doors and window frames
- Polyester-epoxy paint
- Stone, slate, or cast stone (with waterproof mortar)
- Styrofoam insulation
- Water-resistant glue
Interested in learning more about building your home right from the start? You may enjoy two blogs from our homeowner tips page:
- 14 Things To Know When Building On Your Lot In Texas
- The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Designing and Building Your Own Home
7. INSTALL PROPER BOLTS
To protect your doors, it’s important that all your outside doors are equipped with deadbolts in order to hold them in place when they are assaulted with pressure changes caused by rising flood waters.
8. TIE DOWN TO THE FOUNDATION
A house is only as strong as its foundation. You can ensure that yours is strong by having it tied together with metal connectors/hurricane straps, clips, or ties during construction. These ties will ensure that the house stays together in one piece.
Want to know how we add extra support to a foundation? Check out our blog: Supporting Your Foundation’s Cables.
When it comes to protecting your house after a storm it is vital to stop dangerous mold growth in its tracks.
Remember, when first dealing with a flooded building the most important step is to air out the area.
Wet spots, broken water pipes, or trapped water areas must be repaired and dried fully as well as be cleaned to ensure that the mold will not grow back.
Never touch mold with your bare hands, and always wear a mask, gloves, and goggles to protect yourself from mold spores.
The key to eliminating mold growth is controlling moisture. Be sure to increase ventilation by opening windows or running a fan in humid areas such as bathrooms.
Hurricanes are a force of nature and it’s important to remember to breathe during this incredibly stressful time.
Make sure to stay safe and healthy while repairing your home by following safe protection methods during clean up.
If you have remodeling needs after a hurricane, don’t hesitate to contact Design Tech Homes.
As a custom home builder in Central Texas, we’ve experienced our fair share of hurricane-damaged properties!
And if you do need to completely rebuild after a hurricane, we are ready to help there too. You can check out our home floorplans or give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you!