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What to do While Waiting for Irene

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What to do While Waiting for Irene Blog Feature

By: EYA Homes on August 25th, 2011

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We're still a little shook up since Tuesday's earthquake, but it's no excuse to be less than prepared for this weekend's predicted weather event. Hurricane Irene will likely just deliver a lot of rain and wind. But in the event we get something a little stronger, here are a few tips from EYA's Senior VP of Construction:

  • Make sure windows and doors can be closed and locked. Close and lock before the wind and rain sets in.
  • Check weather-stripping on doors and windows. If it is missing, replace it. If you cannot replace it, apply duct tape over the opening. Remove immediately afterward as the adhesive may stick to your paint or surface.
  • Check your roof for leaks and patch if you are able.
  • Clean out your gutters and downspouts.
  • Make sure your piping underground is free of debris which could prevent the free flow of water away from the house.
  • Clean area drains in stairwells to basements, etc.
  • Have fresh batteries for flashlights.
  • If you have a garage door opener, try releasing the safety and manually opening the garage door. If you are unable to do that, relocate one car to a safe location so that you can stay mobile in the event of a power outage and the garage door is not cooperative.
  • Fill the bathtub if you have a well for water storage.
  • Remove objects and furniture from terraces, decks and patios which can become airborne missiles.
  • If you have a pool, watch the water level as over-filling is not good for the coping/waterline tile.
  • Check your sump pump and make sure it is working.
  • Make sure your cellphone battery is charged.
  • If your window or door leaks and it is oriented towards the oncoming wind, go to the other side of the house and crack open the window. By opening the window you equalize the pressure at the window and the water infiltration will subside considerably.