If you live in Connecticut or New York you are probably aware that the 2013 Hurricane Season began on June 1st and will run through November 30th. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has said that this season is likely to be “above normal and possibly extremely active” with three to six major hurricanes predicted. Major hurricanes are defined as Category 3 or above. However, Superstorm Sandy that devastated coastal sections of New York and New Jersey last October was downgraded to a tropical storm before making landfall so don’t think a storm needs to be a hurricane to cause significant damage.
Though the official start of the season is June 1st most major storms won’t start to appear until August. As a homeowner or commercial building owner now is the time to start preparing for strong winds and heavy rains. Waiting until the last minute to inspect your gutters may not give you enough time to do the repairs necessary so the gutters can handle the amount of rain a hurricane or tropical storm brings and if the storm is bad enough your gutters could fail completely.
Before the winds start blowing take some time to inspect the gutters on your home or commercial building. Look for any signs of weakness such as sagging sections, rips, leaks and clogs. If any of these conditions exist it can lead to severe damage to your home if a major hurricane strikes. Paying a little now for gutter repairs and gutter replacement will save you a lot later if this hurricane season turns out to be even half as active as some meteorologists are predicting.