Danny Lipford shares hurricane cleanup tips on The Weather Channel

Many parts of the country can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to severe weather. From high winds to water damage and flooding, here’s what people can do to protect their homes from further damage before the next storm strikes.


Preventing More Damage from Severe Weather

If you’ve had any kind of heavy winds, or rain, and you’re expecting more severe weather, the first thing you need to do is make sure water is effectively moving away from your home. 

Next, clear as much debris from gutters and downspouts as you can. Make sure surface drains are all-clear and moving water properly.

After that, make sure items that can easily be lifted by wind are secured or stored in an inside area. That means moving any patio furniture, planters and other objects that can become missiles during hurricane-force winds, so they are no threat.  


What to Do About Ongoing Repairs

If you’ve got ongoing repairs, things are half-finished, ‘in progress’ and that makes them vulnerable to further damage.

So, the best thing would be to cover what you can.  If you have a damaged area, or you just repaired a certain area, take precautions and cover that area. 

Tarps, tie-down straps, welded anchors, plywood — all of these materials are great resources that add protection from severe weather. 

Tarps can also be used for isolated cover-up if you incur areas of damage to the perimeter of your home, stucco or siding.


The Best Way to Secure Tarps

Need to use tarps to protect your home from more severe weather? First, measure the damaged area and use a heavy-duty tarp to cover it. Be safe and wear proper safety gear during installation.

You will need more than just a tarp, of course. You’ll also need 1-by-4’s, nails (3 – 1/4) (cap nails), a hammer, screws and a screw gun to properly secure it.

Finally, you’ll need sandbags to help hold everything down.

Watch the video segment above for more information.


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