Florida has some of the best weather in the United States. However, Floridians pay for this near paradise with Hurricane season, which is marked with high winds, torrential downpours, flooding, and property damage.
There is a long list of articles on how to keep your family safe during these weather emergencies and how to prepare your home’s main structure. But, have you put any thought into preparing your fence? Ultimately, your fence is part of your property. So, today’s blog post will help you ensure that your fence makes it safely through hurricane season.
Step #1: Check for Sturdiness
It does not matter if your fence is new or has been standing for years, you want to check each individual post for sturdiness. The way you do this is by placing your hand at the top of the post and giving a little wiggle. If it does not feel sturdy, fix it before the storm hits. Loose posts can come down and take a large section fo your fence with it.
Step #2: Tree Trimming
Falling tree limbs are one of the biggest threats to not only your fence, but also life and property more generally. Inspect all the trees on your property and remove any dead branches. These will absolutely come down during a hurricane and cause damage. If a tree looks unhealthy generally, consider removing it all together or risk having it uprooted.
Step #3: Keep the Gate Locked
The winds can grab hold of an unclosed fence gate and tear down the adjoining fence. Nevertheless, even if the fence gate does not dislodge, the repeated slamming can cause damage and weaken the fence.
Step #4: Clear the Yard of Objects
The only thing worse than having your brand new bicycle destroyed by a hurricane is having your brand new bicycle destroying your fence or otherwise damaging your property. Winds during a hurricane can turn loose yard debris into missiles.