11 Tips To Prepare Your Metro DC Area Home For A Hurricane

Seasonal Tips, Storm Damage, Weather Related News   |   July 6, 2021

How To Prepare For A Hurricane


Contrary to popular belief, hurricanes are not just a coastal problem and can pose a threat even as far inland as DC metro. Previous hurricanes such as Ike and Isaac should continue to serve as a reminder that significant damage can not only occur inland from a major hurricane but even a smaller hurricane can leave lots of damage in its path. Hurricanes can produce dangerous conditions including:

• Winds more than 155 mph
• Tornadoes and microbursts
• Flying debris
• Heavy rainfall
• Storm surges
• Floods
• Mudslides

Hurricane season runs from June 1 – November 30 each year in the United States. However, it is the recommendation of the Gutterman Services team that it is best to be prepared in advance (before everyone is running to the store for toilet paper, bread and water). Below are steps we recommend you take.


11 Tips To Prepare Your Metro DC Area Home For A Hurricane

Tip 1: Check the contents of your emergency supply kit and replace items that may have expired. If you don’t have an emergency supply kit made, click here to download a checklist with basic items that every supply kit should include.

Tip 2: Bring loose, lightweight objects such as patio furniture, garbage cans and bicycles inside.

Tip 3: Anchor objects that are too large to bring inside or would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., gas grills and propane tanks).

Tip 4: Trim or remove damaged trees and limbs close enough to fall on structures.

Tip 5: Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.

Tip 6: Have your roof inspected for leaks, weakness, missing shingles, and security. Now may be an ideal time to ask our expert team to inspect your roof. Click to schedule a roof inspection.

Tip 7: Consider purchasing a portable generator (if you’re lucky enough to find one!).

Tip 8: Check doors, windows, and walls, such as areas where cables and pipes enter, for openings that could allow water to penetrate.

Tip 9: If you have a sump pump in your home, check to ensure that it is plugged in. Also be sure to test it, as sumps that lay dormant for long periods of time sometimes need attention.

Tip 10: Have a three-day supply of water, dried and/or canned food. Also consider filling up your sinks and bathtubs with water for washing.

Tip 11: Document the condition of your home prior to the storm.

By following these tips, you will help minimize damage to your home and/or speed our recovery efforts in case of damage, while keeping your family safe.

If your home sustains damage during a storm, Gutterman Services can help you!

We Work With Insurance Companies

The team at Gutterman Services understands dealing with insurance companies can be less than fun, especially during an emergency. We are very familiar with many home insurers and their processes and can help you determine whether your damage is likely to be covered. We can also assist with filing paperwork. So, reach out today if we can be of assistance! Click Here To Get Started