Hurricane Season Begins

This year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, is predicting a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters predict:
  • A 70% chance of nine to 14 named storms
  • Four to seven storms becoming hurricanes
  • One to three major hurricanes Category 3 or above, which can cause extensive damage from high winds, heavy rains and flooding.

Have You Looked at Your Roof Lately?

Since your roof is the largest component of your house, it also can be the most vulnerable to severe storms and costly damage caused by high winds and hail. To make sure it's properly maintained:
  • Keep trees trimmed to prevent them from rubbing against the roof.
  • Keep roof, gutters and downspouts free from leaves, twigs and other litter that can build up and prevent proper drainage.
  • Look for these signs of a roof problem with three questions:
    • When it rains, do too many roof granules wash away?
    • Are there water stains on your ceiling?
    • Do you have a small leak or curling shingle?

If you have concerns, follow tips provided by the Institute for Business & Home Safety, or IBHS, to schedule a professional roof inspection.

Monthly Reminder

Check for gaps in caulking around toilets, tubs and under sinks, as well as in grout around ceramic tiles. A tube of caulk costs less than $10 to prevent costly water damage. The average repair associated with a small bathroom water leak is in the $1,000 to $2,000 range. Costs can rise depending on the source of a leak, the length of time the leak has existed and the items damaged by the leak.

* The above article is provided by USAA. They will send monthly guide to me to be posted here.