When a hurricane is churning out in the ocean and heading in your direction, it's only natural for you to be concerned about how your waterfront property is going to be affected. Along with worrying about your home, you might also be worried about if your pier will survive the storm. Of course, piers can be seriously damaged during hurricanes, but preparing your pier by following these steps can help.
1. Check for Structural Damage
A pier that is in good condition will be less likely to be damaged from the high winds and floodwaters of a hurricane. Check over your pier carefully to check for rotting, loose nails or screws, missing boards, and other damage.
Having your pier repaired before the storm will help you protect your structure, and the benefits extend beyond hurricane season, too. Not only is a pier that is well cared for better able to withstand hurricane conditions, but it can last longer in general. Repairing your pier will also make it more attractive, boosting the curb appeal and value of your property. A secure pier can also be more enjoyable for your family.
You may be able to make minor pier repairs yourself. However, be careful about tackling big projects on your own. If you aren't careful, you could damage the structure of your pier, leaving it more prone to collapsing both during the hurricane and during normal weather and use conditions. Having your pier repaired by a team of professionals that specialize in this type of thing will help you get better results.
2. Apply a Water Repellent Sealant
Of course, your pier is designed to come in contact with water. During a hurricane, though, waters might rise. This can lead to your pier being submerged in water for days or weeks at a time, which can cause damage that wouldn't happen from occasional contact. The best way to protect your pier from this effect is to apply a water repellent sealant to your entire pier.
This will help protect your pier during the hurricane, and it will also help prevent rotting, mold, mildew growth, and other damage all year long.
3. Remove Furniture and Other Items
You might use your pier for fishing or just relaxing and enjoying the scenery. Either way, remove furniture and other items that you normally leave on your pier. Anything that cannot be removed should be secured.
Otherwise, you have to worry about your items being blown around by the hurricane-force winds. These items could hit your pier or even your home and cause damage. In addition, the floodwaters can cause your furniture and other items to wash away, which can lead to them being seriously damaged or even lost.
4. Protect Against Erosion
If serious flooding occurs during the storm, you have to worry about erosion pulling the sand away from your pier. This erosion could lead to the entire structure collapsing. There are things you can do to help prevent erosion. Putting sandbags in place around your pier can help protect it, but make sure that you check the regulations of using sandbags in your area.
If you don't have any sandbags, you can use other heavy items to help with preventing erosion. For example, placing boulders around your pier can help protect it from the flooding that a hurricane might bring.
Construction Remediation Solutions focuses on building and repairing piers, docks, and more. Contact us so we can help you prepare your pier for hurricane season or so that we can help you with repairs after the storm. We even offer 24-hour emergency services.