As Tropical Storm Isaac approaches the U.S., the Insurance Institute for Business Home Safety (IBHS) provides guidance property owners can use to minimize wind and water damage from the storm, which could soon be upgraded to a hurricane.
IBHS recommends home and business owners keep a close watch on Isaac’s path, and take the following property protection actions if the storm is forecast to affect their area:
• Install the hardware needed to put up shutters or pre-cut plywood to protect windows and doors now. This will allow for easier installation if the storm threatens your area.
• Bring in any loose items, such as garbage cans and lawn furniture, and pick up any debris in the yard that can act as a projectile during high winds.
• Cut weak tree branches, along with branches that are positioned over structures, which could be broken off by high winds and cause property damage.
• Make sure caulking around windows and doors is in good shape and not cracked, broken or missing, and fill any holes or gaps around pipes or wires that enter your building.
• Move furniture and electronic devices off the floor, particularly in basements and first floor levels to prevent water damage.
• Roll up area rugs, and get them off the floor to reduce the chances of rugs getting wet and growing mold. This is particularly important if the property will be left unattended for an extended period of time and if long-term power outages are a possibility.
• Inspect sump pumps and drains to ensure proper operation. If a sump pump has a battery backup, make sure the batteries are fresh or replace the batteries.
“Each of these simple and effective property preparedness measures outlined adds an extra layer of protection for a home or business that will help minimize storm-related damage,” said Julie Rochman, IBHS president and CEO. “The key is those measures only work if you take the time now to implement them in advance of the storm.”
IBHS is a leading national expert on preparing for, and repairing and rebuilding structures after a catastrophe to make them more disaster-resistant.
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