Urges Property Owners to Prepare Against Flooding in Advance of an Active Severe Weather Spring

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The spring of 2012 is predicted to be active with severe weather events. A water restoration leader offers advice on protecting property from the elements.

Even though spring and the corresponding severe weather season hasn’t officially begun, severe storms have taken lives in the Midwest,, one of the leading providers of water damage restoration services in the country, is predicting an active severe weather season for the spring and early summer of 2012. They are encouraging property owners to take proper steps now to prevent or minimize damage to homes and businesses.

Even though spring and the corresponding severe weather season hasn’t officially begun, severe storms have taken lives in the Midwest, and tornados have caused enormous damage to life and property in Missouri, Ohio, and Kentucky.

Many states have adopted and scheduled Severe Weather Awareness Weeks, designed to highlight different elements of severe weather, from storms to tornadoes to flooding. This program was designed and implemented by the National Weather Service.

Many states have adopted emergency outdoor warning sirens designed to alert the public when severe weather is imminent. In most cases these sirens may be activated either manually or through the use of radio.

Once the storm has been spotted or the warning sounded, it is almost always too late to make proper preparation, which is why property owners are encouraged to do so now, before the season begins in earnest.

Make sure that all gutters servicing the home are free and clear of any obstructions. Severe storms drop a lot of rain very quickly, and gutters may commonly overflow. This problem will only occur faster if there are any blockages in the system.

Likewise, landscaping should also slope away from the home for a distance of no less than ten feet. Once the ground becomes saturated, excess water will have to flow somewhere, and improper landscape sloping may result in the water flowing towards and into the home.

Trim tree branches and shrubs back away from the home, especially if they are touching the structure. Branches can easily channel water onto the walls of the home, and a steady barrage of water against walls, siding, or the roof may result in excessive wear and weakening of that location, allowing access to the home by rain water.

If there are leaks in the roof, broken window seals, etc, they should be fixed now. They will only get worse with time and in the immediate future may allow condensation and moisture to build up within the home. While most people wouldn’t consider condensation to be water damage, it is certainly enough of a problem to allow mold to develop. is one of the leading water damage restoration companies in the country, with service providers in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.

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