Restoration Local Warns of Increased Flood Risk Following Fire Damage and Drought Conditions

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Fire and drought can create the perfect stage for flooding. A water damage and fire damage restoration provider offers tips for preventing flooding in the wake of fire problems.

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The summer of 2012 has already seen severe storms and wildfires in many areas, disasters that set the stage for severe flooding if not properly addressed.

Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water and fire damage restoration service in the United States, is warning homeowners to be aware of increased flooding risk in the wake of property damage due to fire and drought conditions. Record high temperatures across much of the country have left large areas at increased risk for damage by fire.

The summer of 2012 has already seen severe storms and wildfires in many areas, disasters that set the stage for severe flooding if not properly addressed. Fire and drought have the capability to alter the landscape, increasing the flood risk. Flash floods may be particularly threatening due to their ability to form within a matter of minutes.

The reason for this increased risk lies in the oil that is left behind in the wake of a serious fire, oil which prevents the ground from properly absorbing excess water. Water is then able to flow freely, picking up sediment and debris in the process. In cases of wildfire, it may take up to five years before the vegetation is restored, which means a prolonged period of higher than average flood risk.

It also doesn’t take much flooding to create considerable damage, since a few inches of water can translate into tens of thousands of dollars in damages. Most flood claims range in average of around $28,000. For homes without flood insurance will end up bearing the brunt of the repair costs.

Restoration Local advises property owners to plan ahead for flash flood events by having an evacuation plan and route in place, with an alternate plan in case the original path is cut off. A home inventory should be taken to make sure all valuables are documented for insurance purposes.

Flood insurance is also recommended, as most standard homeowners policies do not cover flood insurance. Flooding policies are available for an additional premium, with some private insurers offering coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program.

Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the foremost providers of water damage restoration service in the US, with providers in 30 states and more being added every month. They are available 24/7 and all work is backed by the industry’s most comprehensive guarantee.

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