Restoration Local Offers Tips On Determining Your Flood Risk

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With the record flooding seen across much of the country in 2012, property owners are encouraged to take proactive measures to determine the flood risk to their home or business.

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Past weather patterns are an excellent way to predict what may happen in the future,

Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage restoration service in the United States, is offering tips to homeowners on determining the level of their flood risk. Such information may prove invaluable when it comes to predicting the types of flooding and water damage that may have to be dealt with in the future.

The first step is to examine the weather history in the area where the home is located. Does it have a history of severe weather or flooding? If so, how often and how much? Is the property in question located on a flood plain, near a river or lake, or even in one of the lower lying areas of the community? All of these elements may combine to formulate a serious flooding threat.

A visit to the local emergency management office is also recommended, as they will have records on past flooding events, including water levels. Past weather patterns are an excellent way to predict what may happen in the future, and knowing the level of flooding from previous storms can serve as a template when predicting the amount of water that may have to be dealt with in future event.

Of course this is not foolproof. Atlanta GA is rarely known for its floods but the severe weather that lashed the area in 2011 left many communities underwater, communities that had never seen more than just a heavy rain.

Once the potential threat has been determined, property owners should take preventative measures designed to minimize the level of damage that may be inflicted by the expected water levels. This includes moving valuables and electrical appliances to higher floors, as well as reworking and rewiring electrical and HVAC systems to prevent access by water.

Residents may also wish to see if their community participates in the Nation Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a federally backed insurance initiative designed to proved insurance protection for those living in flood prone areas.

Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading service providers of water damage repair and restoration, with contractors in 30 states and more being added every month. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.

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