Helpful hints to hurricane-proof your home

By Amy Cherry 2:00pm, October 26, 2012 - Updated 2:17pm, October 26, 2012
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Gear up for Hurricane Sandy before she hits. WDEL's Amy Cherry has some helpful hints for homeowners.

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Your home's foundation is the most important piece. To make sure it's still one piece after a storm the first thing you should do is take a look outside.

"Let's get any branches any large limbs cut back that are surrounding your home so that we don't have the risk of those coming, crashing down," says Tom Kraeutler of the "Money Pit" home improvement radio show heard Saturdays on WDEL.

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With two to three months worth of torrential rains from Sandy hitting us over three days, Kraeutler also recommends taking a look at your gutters and downspouts.

"Make sure they're clean and free flowing. You've got to manage the water when we get this level of rain, and if you keep it away from your foundation, you're likely to reduce the amount of flooding that you could get in your crawlspace or your basement," says Kraeutler.

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