Restoration Local Offers Tips On Securing Your Home Following A Hurricane

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Hurricane Isaac will pound the US Gulf Coast and move on, with thousands of residents having to return home to face the aftermath. A water damage leader provides suggestions on how to do so safely.

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When returning, be aware of changing weather conditions, as well as the condition of roads and landscaping in your area.

Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the United States, is offering tips to property owners on how to properly secure a home or business in the immediate aftermath of a hurricane or tropical storm.

For starters, no one should make any attempt to return to their property during the course of a storm. Travel conditions will simply be too hazardous. Once evacuated, residents should remain where they are until the all clear has been given by local or federal emergency management.

When returning, be aware of changing weather conditions, as well as the condition of roads and landscaping in your area. There may still be flooded out areas that are unmarked. Do not attempt to try and drive or walk through flooded areas. A number of flood deaths each year are attributed to post storm floods and other hazards.

Look out for any downed power lines and report them to local authorities. Do not make any attempt to touch or move power lines, even if they appear to be non functional.

No attempt should be made to immediately enter a damaged residence. Hurricanes and tropical storms pack very powerful winds and can create flooding conditions, both of which may be sufficient enough to shift the structure on its foundation, making it structurally unsound and prone to collapse. Structural integrity should be verified before entering.

Also, all utilities should be shut off at their source, and this should be done even if the power has been knocked out. Once they have been shut off, they should only be turned back on after inspection by qualified personnel.

Residents should be aware of and on the lookout for small animals such as snakes which may often take refuge in flood damage homes.

Proper stock of all damage should be taken. Damaged personal effects should be removed in order to be cleaned and repaired elsewhere, allowing any repairs on the home itself to be completed without obstruction.

Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of restoration services, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.

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