Tropical Storm Alberto brings tons of water to South Florida

On May 28, 2018 Tropical storm Alberto moving at 9 mph made land fall at Laguna Beach, Florida, about 15 miles west-northwest of Panama City with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. This type of storm is quite common in South Florida. What makes Alberto particularly dangerous is the amount of precipitation proceeding the storm and also the widespread area affected  by the system including most of the coastal areas of Florida and extending into North Carolina and Mississippi on both sides. The result has been an unusual amount of rain and flooding in low lying areas.

So as we see, hurricanes are not the only thing to prepare for, tropical storms can also be serious. Conditions are ripe for an above average number of hurricanes in 2018, a year after one of the most devastating seasons on record. Researchers at Colorado State University predict 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes, packing sustained winds of at least 111 mph. A typical season sees 12 named storms, 6.5 hurricanes and two majors. Being pro-active opposed to reactive to a weather event makes good sense.

What can you do beyond the standard preparation list you find anywhere in Florida? Here are three tips.

1. If you have or are purchasing double pane storm windows realize that the seal that holds the glass to the frame is subject to the glass expanding in the heat and contracting when the temperature drops. This movement along with UV rays and salt air can quickly cause leaks.

2. The most important phase in a window installation is preparing the opening and choosing and applying the weather proofing to the bare smooth concrete and materials that are compatible and not cause a chemical break down after about a year, is what we look for.

3. A storm window is wind rated by a Certified wind test but the same window with a let’s say a 150-mph wind rating has a 25-mph water test rating. That means it may not break but it will leak. This is why a non-bias Certified infrared hidden moisture inspection. This prudent thing to do after repairs or installations to protect your investment. Our fee can be absorbed in your insurance claim deductible. Call for our affordable moisture scan now.