Storm Recovery Boynton Beach

Hurricane season in South Florida lasts fully half the year. Are you ready?

Be sure you have the essentials on hand that you’ll need in case of a power outage. First and foremost, stock up on food that doesn’t require cooking, heating, or refrigeration. Unless you have a gas stove, your stove/oven will be as useless as your microwave oven, toaster oven, coffeemaker, and fridge, as well as your electric can opener. You’ll want to keep non-perishable foods on hand, and be sure you have a manual can opener. Considering having some cans of Sterno on hand, and perhaps a portable Sterno stove.

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Before hurricane season starts you need to trim dead tree branches and palm fronds, which can break off in the wind and turn into projectiles.

You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of flashlights or, even better, battery-powered lanterns. (Candles present a fire risk.)

A generator, if you can afford one, is great “insurance,” but be sure you have an adequate supply of fuel on hand for it as well, or it’s useless.

Don’t take your time with an oncoming storm, hoping it will make landfall elsewhere, hoping you won’t need to close and secure your hurricane shutters. Once the winds and rain starts, closing them will be both difficult and unpleasant. If your house lacks shutters, board up your windows with plywood.

What do you have in your yard that isn’t stationary? Such items as lawn furniture, gardening implements, or barbecue grills should be brought indoors, either to your garage, your shed, or your house itself if necessary. This will prevent them from being blown against your home and doing damage.

If water gets into your house anyhow, use towels, paper towels, or even blankets to soak it up. If you still have power, wash and dry these items immediately. Otherwise, get them out of the house as soon as the storm abates so they don’t make the house’s atmosphere damper. Dampness encourages the growth of mold, which is hazardous to your health and that of your pets.

It can happen, though, that despite your best efforts, you’ll find yourself with wet carpets and perhaps even interior walls, and maybe water damage to treasured personal property as well. In that case, call the professionals, Restoration USA, at any hour. We offer 24/7 emergency service and will dispatch a team of trained techs promptly to attack your problem and remediate your situation. We can dry out your home, banish the threat of mold, and even help preserve your treasured possessions. Call us when you need us. We’ll be there for you.