Hurricane season is here and it’s time to make sure that your garage is prepared for any strong winds, heavy rain, and potential flooding that may occur. Your garage may not only be home to your car, but also serves as storage for many of your belongings. It is important to protect your garage so that it can withstand all of the elements this hurricane season. Here are some tips to help you prepare and protect your garage.
Reinforce the Garage Door
Garage doors are particularly vulnerable to strong winds and heavy rain during a hurricane. Ensure that your garage door is in great condition and is reinforced with steel bracing or vertical supports. Reinforcing the garage door will prevent it from bending or folding during the storm, providing extra protection for your belongings. It is best to call in professionals to help with garage door repair. If your garage door was installed before 1993, consider upgrading it so that it is up to current safety standards.
Secure Loose Items
Loose items can easily become dangerous projectiles during a hurricane. Take the time to go through your garage to ensure that all loose items are secured. Also consider looking around outside near your garage. You may need to remove anything that could be picked up by strong winds. This may include potted plants, patio furniture, bicycles, or tools. Be sure to store items in a safe place, either in the house or in the garage, on shelves or in cabinets.
Install Flood Protection Devices
Flooding during a hurricane can be devastating. If you live in a flood-prone area, it is essential to install flood control devices to protect your garage from damage. This can include barriers for the edges of doors, flood vents, or sump pumps. Consider covering the floor with a waterproof sealant as an extra precaution.
Trim Overhanging Trees
If you have trees near your garage, it is important to trim any low hanging branches. Strong winds and heavy rain can easily knock branches off trees, which can cause a lot of damage to your home. Trim branches that are too close to the garage roof or walls just to be safe.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
It’s important to prepare an emergency kit in case of a hurricane. This should include non-perishable food, medications, a first aid kit, a flashlight, batteries, and a portable radio. Keep your emergency kit in a safe and easily accessible location such as your garage so that you can grab it quickly if needed.
Protecting your garage during hurricane season is essential to protect your valuables and keep your family safe. With proper reinforcement of your garage door, securing loose items, installing flood protection devices, trimming overhanging trees, and having an emergency kit prepared, you can provide the best protection for your garage during the hurricane season. Always stay informed and prepared, so that you are ready for any storm that may come your way.