Protecting Your Assets During Hurricane Michael
Raymond Engineering has prepared the following tips to ensure your assets are prepared for the damaging conditions brought by Hurricane Michael.
Make sure you are closely tracking the storm and follow these tips to better protect your assets:
- Gather warrantees – Gather roof warranty and roof manufacturer information.
- Secure contractors – Contact a licensed roofing contractor before the storm. Ask if they provide emergency assistance during or after a storm. Ensure they are authorized by the membrane manufacturer to perform work on your roof.
- Photo document – Take photos of your roofs ahead of the storm via hand held camera or via UAV (drone) to document existing conditions.
- Clear debris – Clear debris from roof drains. Verify drain clamping rings are secure.
- Clean gutters – Clean gutters, downspouts, scuppers to allow water to flow freely.
- Assemble patch kit – Obtain temporary roof patching material that is compatible with roofs you manage. For example solvent based asphalt and scrim for Built Up Roofs, Modified Bitumen and Coal Tar Pitch, black rubber EPDM for black and white EPDM roofs; and white Eternal Bond for white single ply PVC and TPO roofs.
- Secure roof hatches – Secure roof hatches and lock them with an additional padlock if needed to ensure they remain closed during high winds.
- Assemble cleanup supplies – Obtain 50 gallon buckets, trash bags, plastic sheeting, mops and mop buckets, etc. to mitigate and protect against unanticipated leaks due to storm damage.
- Secure membrane & sheet metal – Inspect roof for loose membrane material at the perimeter for loose perimeter sheet-metal and employ a licensed roofing contractor to re-secure it to the building. Ensure the contractor is authorized by the membrane manufacturer to perform work on the specific membrane type.
- Inspect for punctures – Inspect a roof for punctures and have a licensed roofing contractor repair them.
- Inspect drain pipes & fittings – Inspect drain pipe fittings and draw bands (below roof level) where they connect to roof drains to ensure they are tight and leak free. Employ a licensed roofing contractor or licensed plumber to repair them.
Raymond Engineering can provide emergency response services quickly after the storm hits. Our Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) allow us to scan for moisture using infrared technology and give us an advantage to reach areas that may be inaccessible by foot.
Watch the storm and stay safe!