Hurricane season is upon us in Northern Virginia. Starting June 1st and lasting through the end of November, hurricane season brings with it lots of wind and rain and possibility of damage to your home. It is important to understand hurricanes and the damage they cause so you can appropriately prepare your home.
What is a hurricane?
A hurricane is the result of a low pressure system that causes strong winds and heavy rains. They are also known as tropical cyclones, because they form over the water and move inland. Hurricanes can be very dangerous and cause a great deal of damage to homes. Some of the risks associated with hurricanes are broken windows, flooding, wind damage, trees falling on homes, roofs losing shingles or getting damaged.
What parts of Virginia are most affected by hurricanes?
The parts of Virginia that are most affected by hurricanes are the parts closest to the water in the tidewater plains, although because hurricanes can move, they can still come inland and affect other parts of the state. In Northern Virginia, hurricanes can cause just as severe damages as they do in the coastal parts of Virginia.
What damage can hurricanes cause?
Hurricanes can cause property damage, flooding, tornadoes and landslides. The wind can cause structural damage, ripping off shutters, shingles and other parts of the home. Rain can cause leaks in the basement and crawl space flooding.
Waterproofing services and preventative measures for hurricanes
Some of the waterproofing services we can offer include interior and exterior drains, crack repairs, repairs for leaking walls, flooded basements and crawl spaces. We can offer a free estimate for waterproofing services. One of our skilled technicians will perform an inspection and come up with the best solution to keep your home dry.
Crawl space encapsulations in Northern VA
Crawl spaces can fill with water, so it is important to have the crawl space properly encapsulated to ensure it is dry and the humidity levels are regulated. Crawl spaces should have secure vent screens and a crawl space door that latches and is insulated. Additionally we offer crawl space dewatering if your crawl space has filled with standing water. If you need a crawl space encapsulation, dewatering or other crawl space services, give us a call today and schedule an inspection for your home
Roof repairs and replacements
If your home has experienced damage from strong winds, you might need new shingles, repairs to the soffit, or even gutter or a new roof entirely. Some times, roof repairs and replacements will be covered under your insurance and other times, a home warranty company might be able to help with financing options. Having a sturdy roof is one of the most important parts of the home. Roofs only last a certain amount of time and if they have been damaged, they will need to be repaired or replaced sooner.
What are some steps you can take to prepare for hurricane season?
There are some steps you can take to protect your home and the members of your household. Some steps you can take to prepare for hurricane season is to prepare an emergency preparedness kit with water, food, batteries, flashlights, medication and any other things you might need. Another thing you can do is to invest in flood insurance, flood insurance covers property damage from floods and water intrusion caused by natural disasters such as hurricanes.
In addition to repairing damages from hurricanes, Summit offers wildlife removal services such as trapping, deterrents, repairs and prevention for squirrels, raccoons, skunks and other nuisance wildlife. We provide pest control services too for ants, mosquitoes, rodents, roaches and other pests that might cause you and members of your home discomfort. For more information about our services, give us a call or fill out our contact form.