Cleveland OH (PRWEB) December 11, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water restoration services in the United States, is offering recommendations for home owners to minimize the risk of flood damage to homes and businesses. With winter beginning at the end of December, and severe weather season only about five months away, the timing is proper to take the steps necessary to prevent serious damage in the event of a flood or severe storm.
In many cases, flood predictions can be made by examining the history of a given area. Historic weather patterns almost always provide the basis for what may occur in the future, and homeowners can garner an idea of the kind of flood levels they may find themselves dealing with.
Local emergency management offices can be of invaluable assistance when it comes to compiling this information, as well as data pertaining to flood zones, flood plains, and other geographic information that might shed light on the likelihood of future flooding events.
In any structure, the lowest level should be given the most attention, since this will be ground zero for any flood activity. Items such as furniture and appliances that are the most prone to damage from water should be relocated to a higher floor, and those which cannot be move should be protected as much as possible. Utilities such as power outlets, HVAC ductwork, or gas powered appliances should be relocated to a higher location on that given level in order to avoid the possibility of water damage.
Foundational walls can be given a coating of sealant to prevent access by groundwater, and landscaping around the home should slope away from the structure for a distance of 10-20 feet, descending at the rate of about an inch per foot. This will channel any excess water away from the home. Exterior drains should be kept clear of clogs and obstructions in order to maximize draining capacity.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage restoration in the country, with service in 30 states and more being added every month. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.