2017 Hurricane Season: Top 3 Risks For Virginia HomesTue May 09, 2017
It’s baaack. With a slightly below average season, experts are predicting 11 named storms for the June 1st launch of the Atlantic hurricane season. But don't let your guard down. NNINS folks never underestimate the possible impact hurricanes will have on Virginians and for good reason. We know from experience it only takes ONE of these tropical cyclones to devastate property with their sustained winds and sheets of rain and result in costly damage and flooding.
Pretty scary! So how can you ‘protect and preserve’ in the face of a tropical cyclone? Simple: hope for the best, and plan for the worst. In that spirit, we offer 3 simple questions whose answers may save you a ton of heartache from whatever is in store for the Commonwealth this hurricane season.
Will your roof protect?
The #1 preemptive weapon in your home’s arsenal is its roof. It’s also the most susceptible to costly damage. We can’t emphasize enough how important it is that you maintain yours with an annual professional inspection. Virginia has already experienced its share of wild spring weather so get an inspection now or anytime you suspect it’s been damaged.
Are your gutters and downspouts open for business?
Your gutters and downspouts are next in line for protecting your home in stormy weather. They need to drive all that rain water down and away from your foundation. They can’t do it if they’re full of debris from the previous seasons. Annual maintenance is crucial to waterproofing your home during extreme rainfall.
Do you have enough coverage?
When was the last time you updated your insurance policy? There are common misunderstandings surrounding insurance coverage, especially when it comes to damage from flooding. There are many circumstances that play into a claims scenario and each one is unique. The important thing is to speak to your independent agent to make sure you are sufficiently covered for hurricane season, especially if you’ve done anything to your home that adds value. You may need to update your coverage.
Let’s hope for an uneventful hurricane season this year but we always prepare for the unexpected. Start by checking off our 3 simple boxes. Then protect your family; build an emergency kit, and stay informed with local alerts: June 1st is right around the corner!