From the Carolinas up to Maine, the East Coast is bracing for the unknown path that Hurricane Joaquin will take when it greets the United States in the next few days.
No matter which route it takes, one thing is for sure --- there will be plenty of RAIN. Some areas are getting forecasts for feet of rain projected instead of inches. If you're in one of those areas, don't panic.
Start by listening to your weather forecast and taking the precautionary safety advice of local officials. Then, click HERE for a listing of other storm prep considerations from Tim Carter with AsktheBuilder.com.
When it comes to your roof, DaVinci Roofscapes also has a few other pieces of advice:
- If your roof is damaged in a storm, try to note the date and exact time that the damage takes place. Your insurance company will need this information.
- Take pictures of the damaged roof and then get it covered immediately to prevent water from entering your home.
- Contact your insurance company quickly. Share the pictures with them. Don't hire an outside contractor or roofer to make repairs until your insurance company gives approval to do so. In many cases an adjuster must come to your home to make an evaluation before any repairs can be made.
One of the major concerns during a hurricane is damage from flying debris and tree limbs as a result of strong winds. (see Prepare Your Home for 2013 Hurricane Season) While it's too late to get new impact-resistant composite roofing in time for this storm, do consider making the investment soon --- especially if you have an older roof that won't hold up to severe weather conditions.