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April Showers Bring Risk for Water Damage
Spring is rolling in and most of us couldn't be happier. We
love the sunshine and the warmer temperatures! But as those from Texas know, we
have to endure the storm before the calm – sometimes literally. There are a few
different reasons that springtime can take a toll on your home in terms of
Thawing – If you're in an area where snow or ground freezing is an
occurrence, the thawing of the ground with warm weather could result in
Showers – Texas is notorious for its early spring storms, which could drop
down several inches of water over the course of just a few hours. Consistent
rainfall over the course of a few days could do it as well. If the ground
should become oversaturated or storm drains should overrun, your house could be
in for some damage to the basement and lower levels.
Flash Floods – Thunderstorms are notorious for causing flash floods, and
during storm season, flash floods are extremely common. Again, your basement
and lower level could be at risk.
of Levees – It's happened before: a flood so intense it's caused a
partially eroded levee or dam to fail under the pressure.
You have to protect yourself against flood damage all year
round, but storm season should be your reminder. Here are a few tips for
protecting yourself against spring
- Have a
family evacuation plan and emergency kit. Hopefully you won't need them,
but it's always best to have a plan in case of emergency.
flood insurance. Unfortunately, your homeowners insurance probably doesn't
cover flood damage – only flood insurance can cover that. The sooner you sign
up for a policy, the better; if you sign up for a policy a few days before a
storm, you'll be out of luck since they take about a month to go into effect.
- Make a
home inventory. Know what you've got in your home that could be damaged in
case anything important or valuable should be damaged. Move all documents to
somewhere high and/or waterproof.
Salt Water and Hurricane Damage
After Hurricane Sandy crippled New York, New Jersey and other states on
the eastern coast, officials noticed something: the salt water brought in from the
storm made the damage way worse than it might have been had it happened near
When a city is hit by a hurricane, the problems are manifold: power
outages; damaged switches; flooded homes, buildings, and infrastructures; and
so much more. After Sandy, the subway in NYC was down for several days – one
can imagine the impact that had on such a busy city.
It was evidence from Sandy's impact that made us realize what
differentiates a hurricane from a rainstorm. Hurricanes, or superstorms, come off
oceans, lifting up salt in their travels from oceans and estuaries. Thus, when
water is carried inland, much of it is brackish water and saltwater, which is
much more damaging than fresh water – especially for electronics.
We all know what happens to a bike when it's left out in salt air, or a
car driving over a road that's been salted before a snowstorm. Salt builds up
and creates chemical reactions with metal, which is present just about
everywhere. This means if you're near a shore and a hurricane is headed your
way, you can expect damage to your car, certain structures of your home, and
even the public transportation systems in your city. Salt reacts when it comes
into contact with concrete, iron, wire insulation, steel, zinc, and many other
fundamentals of our manmade settings. When it reacts, it damages – or at the
very least, alters – these components, which could mean corroded wires (and
more likely power outages) or even fires due to worn away insulations and
So what's the lesson learned from Sandy? Homeowners and city planners
alike should know that speediness is everything when it comes to hurricane damage repair. The longer
salt buildup sits, the more time it has to chemically react and the more
detrimental the ruin will be. It's important to get specialists to your home
immediately after a hurricane, but also to lend a hand in the community if
The Risks of Natural Disaster
Equipped with the "it could never happen to me" mentality, it's
astonishing how many people continue to move to, and happily reside in, known
danger zones in our country. For example, despite being hurricane prone and
dangerously below sea level, New Orleans is still home to a number of different
celebrities and residents who are Louisiana loyal. Similarly, many thing
southern California is worth a seemingly low risk for earthquakes because of
the gorgeous weather and sandy beaches. It's a mindset that our nation needs to
get out of – natural disasters show no mercy, and having your home and property
destroyed is most definitely something that could happen to you.
Homeowners always need to be aware of the conditions of their homeowners
insurance policies. Are you covered for disaster repair, and if so, to what degree?
Review the stipulations carefully; if you live in an area that's disaster prone
and you aren't covered by your insurance, now might be the time to switch. If,
for whatever reason, switching isn't a viable option, consider purchasing
additional packages or riders that can cover storm-related costs.
Furthermore, if you're moving to a new location which is prone to a
certain type of natural disaster – tornadoes in Alabama, flooding along the
Gulf – check to see if the builders of the home you are shopping had this in
mind. Is the foundation structurally sound? Is there a basement in case of a
tornado? Is the house built far enough off the ground to withstand a flood? So
many homeowners don't consider these things, and buy homes that are essentially
asking for natural disaster damage.
Think about the location on a personal level, too. Should a disaster
occur, where would you be able to go? Is the gas valve and water main easy to
find in case of an emergency? What about the breakers? Is there a fire
department, police department, and disaster restoration company nearby? These
seem like the basic facts of preparedness when buying a home, but many buyers overlook
them because they don't want to sully the image of their otherwise perfect
National Fire Protection Association Study: Shocking Results
The National Fire Protection Agency, or NFPA, released a
study this April on home structure fires. The surveys were based on information
from the U.S. Fire Administration's National Fire Incident Reporting System as
well as the NFPA's annual survey. The results of the study were sobering.
The study concluded that there were an average of 366,600 home structure
fires – this does not include businesses – reported on a yearly basis between
2007 and 2011. This works out to an estimated average of 2,570 deaths per year,
which does not include the 13,210 injured people and some $7.2 billion in
direct property damage. About 71% of these fires take place in single-family
houses or duplexes; the other 29% affected apartment complexes and other types
of communal housing.
Perhaps not-so-surprising are the causes of these fires. Cooking
equipment, such as ovens and stoves, caused the highest number of fires of all
the causes, accounting for 43% of all incidents. These sorts of fires also
account for the vast majority of injuries at 38%. Other major culprits are
heating equipment; sources of electricity and lighting; and, disturbingly
enough, purposefully-caused fires. Smoking, washers and dryers, candles, and
improper use of heat sources are also contributors. Smoking materials and
heating equipment-related fires caused the most deaths.
When a civilian takes into consideration the common
causes of fires and deaths by house fires, it realizes the notion that this
could happen in any home. The main causes are household items that the majority
of residents have and use fairly often. Brush up on your fire safety tactics,
know your emergency phone numbers, and find a Conroe fire
damage company that you trust.
Flood Damage: Is My Carpet Ruined?
Floods are an unfortunate occurrence that many homeowners have to deal
with in some form. If they're not on a larger scale, they can be fairly manageable
– they often only affect the basement, and hopefully they won't take too many
important items with them. But what about areas that have carpeting… does a
flood always mean you need to get new carpeting?
The biggest question you need to consider when deciding if the carpet is
ruined is: was the flooding sanitary or unsanitary? Sanitary
flooding usually encompasses broken water pipes that lead to the sink and
shower; unsanitary flooding is, obviously, sewage as well as the drainage from
dishwashers, sea water and water that comes into contact with the grown. If
there's any question that the water has any degree of contamination, it's best
If you had a small amount of sanitary flooding, the first thing you
should do is treat the carpet with a disinfectant to avoid bacteria growth
immediately. Keep the traffic on this carpet to a minimum, as the adhesive will
be weakened. Remove as many pieces of furniture from the carpet as possible, as
they will likely stain or disfigure it. Then, contact a Houston water damage restoration team to do the
rest of the work – they'll be able to extract the water, use heavy-duty fans,
and take the carpet from the tack strip to elevate it.
There aren't very many safe options if unsanitary water has come into
contact with your carpet. It's usually a significant threat to health due to
contaminants, bacteria and mold, and therefore, it's best just to get a new
Your insurance company will most likely cover the
cost of your carpet damage, but keep in mind that most manufacturers void their
warranties after a flood has occurred.
- Water Extractions
- Structural Drying
- Thermal Imaging
- Fire/Smoke Clean Up
- Mold Remediation
- Emergency Board-Ups
- Document Recovery
- Odor Elimination
- Emergency Generators
- Full Reconstruction