We are in the middle of peak hurricane season and National Preparedness Month! Be sure to hold your roof down with hurricane straps and clips. Simple fixes save lives and property.
No one likes to be in the dark! Keep a supply of flashlights and batteries on hand.
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Strengthening your home will help safeguard your family. Concrete hideouts are fire, wind, flood and hurricane resistant. Learn more about how you can safeguard your family.
Flooding can happen even after a flood warning has been lifted. Be sure to make a plan for evacuation and know your zone.
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Making simple updates to your home like caulking and weather stripping doors and windows will keep drafts out and heroes warm in the winter. Act now, save later.
For more tips on how to winterize your home visit flash.org.
National Prep Month tip of the day: Go tapeless this hurricane season. Be sure to board up windows when preparing for a storm.
For more info see our DIY guide on making and installing plywood shutters.
With just three simple steps families can protect themselves from costly extreme cold pipe damage. Visit our Pinterest page for more preparedness tips!
When water freezes in a pipe it expands and can exert pressure over 2,000 pounds per square inch. This pressure is enough to rupture most any pipe filled with water. When the pipe bursts it can spill several hundred gallons of water per hour, resulting in the second most common cause of home insurance claims in America.
Remember: FOAM, DOME, DRIP.
FOAM: Insulate pipes exposed to the elements or cold drafts. For as little as $1 per 6’ of insulation, you can stop pipes from freezing and save energy.
DOME: Placing an insulating dome or other coverings on outdoor faucets and spigots also reduce the likelihood of the water in your homes pipes freezing, expanding and causing a costly leak.
DRIP: Drip your faucets, to you reduce the build-up of pressure in the pipes. Even if the pipes freeze, you have released the pressure from the water system reducing the likelihood of a rupture. If you are going out of town, and you suspect they temperatures will drop, turn off the water to your home and open all of the taps to drain the water system. This way you won’t return to a frozen, soggy mess.
For more information on protecting your home from extreme cold conditions, visit www.flash.org. For severe weather alerts and mitigation tips, download FLASH Weather Alerts at www.flashweatheralerts.org.