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Preparing Your Backyard for a Big Storm

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

With the 2022 hurricane season quickly approaching, it’s time to prepare your backyard for that big storm.

That seemingly innocent lawn chair, low-hanging branch, pool umbrella, or kiddie toy may pose a greater threat than think. These common items, combined with the right amount of wind, can cause tremendous damage, including water damage, during a large storm or hurricane. South Florida storms are not to be taken lightly. With the 2022 hurricane season quickly approaching, it’s time to prepare your backyard for that big storm.

Hurricane season begins on June 1st and last throughout the month of November, with peak season between mid-August and late October. South Florida frequently finds itself in the path of these destructive storms. Learning how to secure your home and yard in the face of damaging winds, storm surges, and floods will save you money, time, and stress. Start preparing your yard by checking trees, drains, projectiles, and pools using the following list:

Tree Prep Before a Storm

  • Check for dead or damaged trees, branches, and roots. A dead or damaged tree, or part thereof, is more likely to fall off during a storm forming a potentially dangerous projectile.
  • Trim and remove dead and damaged tree parts regularly.
  • Clean up and secure all lose yard debris.
  • Palms do not need to be pruned prior to a hurricane. Never remove healthy fronds from the palms.
  • Potted plants and trees should be moved indoors.
  • Pick produce from vegetable and fruit trees if close to ripe. This includes coconuts or large palm seeds from palm trees.
  • Secure or bring inside all yard tools.

Drainage Concerns Before a Big Storm

  • Remove all debris from storm drains. If storm waters cannot flow correctly, it can cause flooding which will lead to water damage.
  • Inspect runoff areas to ensure the water has somewhere to go.
  • Turn off your irrigation systems or sprinklers. If possible, shut off the water at a main line.
  • Clean out your rain gutters. Remove all debris and properly dispose twigs, leaves, etc.
  • Check that your rain gutters are securely attached.

Removing Projectiles Before a Big Storm

  • Bring in all outdoor furniture, garbage cans, yard decor, flags, wind chimes, and any other items that are not tied down securely.
  • Have a plan for which items will be brought in and those items that require secure fastening.
  • Dispose of broken or unnecessary items that pose a hazard. Ex. Old flower pots, wood, etc.
  • Have a plan in place for safe and secure storage of things like swing sets, compost bins, grills, doghouses.

Preparing Your Pool Before a Big Storm

  • Never empty your pool! This could lead to structural damage and possibly even lift the pool off its foundation.
  • Turn off power to heaters, pumps, lights, filters to conserve energy during the storm and minimize the risk of problems, including water damage, post-storm.
  • Bring in all pool toys, umbrellas, furniture, etc.
  • Securely fasten all large items.

A thorough plan and list will ensure effective preparedness, minimize stress, and keep you and your family safe from those impending South Florida storms. As always, when a big storm is coming SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is your go-to resource for storm damage restoration or water damage repairs. Contact our office today to speak with an expert!

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