If it wasn’t enough that the Covid-19 pandemic isn’t letting up, it’s looking like 2020 will be an above average hurricane season for Houston and its surrounding areas.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), just released their assessment that shows there is a 60% chance of the Atlantic experiencing a high number of hurricanes and heavy storms that are predicted to hit the coast this season with as many as 3 to 6 major hurricanes, that could range from category 3-5. Definitely not great news.

The Harris County Judge confirmed the reports on Twitter adding that locals “get flood insurance if they can – even if you haven’t flooded before” as well as advising them to “build a kit” and “make a hurricane evacuation plan. For more information residents are encourage to visit the Harris County website for more information on prepping their home.

Being born and bred in Houston, I have been through a few hurricanes in my life. The number one thing to do is to plan your evacuation. Hurricanes can hit quick so its important not to waste any time. As the county judge stated it’s very important to build a kit. The most important items to include are flashlights, a portable radio, extra batteries, non-perishable food, bottled water, cash, blankets, clothing and toiletries such as soap and the essentials.

While the experts suggest that you secure the exterior of your home, such as bringing in patio furniture and securing statues etc… there are some things that can’t be secured. Hurricanes and tropical storms bring with them strong winds that rip up chimney flashing or the metal around the chimney that prevents water from entering the home, damage to chimney caps, masonry, and chimney crowns. Over time water enters the home through the damaged chimney system and while you can put it off in the short term, it’s important to repair damages like this as soon as possible to avoid even more costly chimney repairs.

As licensed and bonded chimney and fireplace professionals for 15+ years we are experienced dealing with the aftermath of hurricanes and tropical storms. PCS values your business and the trust that you have placed in us to get your chimney cleaned. We strive to provide the highest level of service to our customers and follow the most recent safety protocols from local authorities ensuring our employees and customers safety.

With all of the insecurity that we have lived with over the last few months, we all want to go outdoors and enjoy the summer weather responsibly. We would like to wish all all Houstonians and Americans a happy and safe 4th of July in front of the fireplace with their family and friends and to enjoy themselves safely and responsibly during our country’s birthday!