If you’ve lived in South Florida for a while, you will know that we get some pretty bad hurricanes and storms. Making sure your home is prepared will be good not only for your safety and survival during the storm but also for your home’s structure and safety well after the storm is done. You can take measures to protect your home from mold growth before the first raindrops fall or gusts of wind begin to blow.
The most important thing to do is make sure that you have flood insurance coverage. In the Fort Myers area, most policies have this as an add on option. Use a camera to document expensive belongings before the storm. Trim trees and shrubs as best you can to prevent damage to your home, should they fall. Clean your rain gutters so they don’t get clogged during the storm and cause your home to get damaged and moldy. Take anything outside that could fly around in the wind and put it away. Things damaging your windows or walls could cause water to come into your home and bring big damage further down the line.
Of course, your home isn’t the only thing you will need to protect. You will also need to come up with a plan to protect your family. Having an emergency kit is a great way to have everything you will need for the storm in one place. Keep a stock of emergency food and water in case you can’t get anything for a few days, and fill up your car with gas. Write down important phone numbers because you may be without power and people don’t memorize numbers anymore.
These tips should help you stay safe during the storm, and keep your home going well after the storm is done. Don’t let hurricanes and storms ruin your home for good – keep yourself and your family safe. Remember, if you do get water damage in your home, call us here at iMold 24-48 hours after the storm to get the drying process and mold remediation started so you can avoid even worse problems down the line.
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