Mudslides are related to landslides, and are composed of mud, rock, debris, and other materials that are picked up by the slide as it moves across the landscape.
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) June 07, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the United States, is offering tips to property owners on protection against mudslides. Like floods, mudslides occur across the country and any time of year, and may pose serious threats to those caught in their path.
Mudslides are related to landslides, and are composed of mud, rock, debris, and other materials that are picked up by the slide as it moves across the landscape. Mudslides increase in both momentum and intensity as they go forward, and are capable of sweeping away homes, houses, and even people. More than 100 people have been killed by mudslides in California alone over the last 25 years.
Mudslides occur throughout the year, in almost every type of weather scenario, and those in the path often have little or no warning that they need to look for higher ground. Mudslides may be the result of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, changes in groundwater levels, freeze/thaw cycles, basically anything that can leave the ground saturated with water.
California makes news with mudslides almost every year, especially during their mudslide season that runs from December to April, the time when rainfall is the most predictable and also the most abundant. Throw in the wildfires and earthquakes that plague California annually, and the stage is set for a major mudslide event.
Mudslides should not be trifled with. They can easily overrun a running person, and in many cases have been known to swallow vehicles. At the first sign of a mudslide, the appropriate course is to seek higher ground until the slide has passed, and even then wait for rescue personnel to arrive before moving from that location.
Homes struck by mudslides may be extremely unstable and prone to collapse, so they should not be entered until an inspection has been performed and the structure has been deemed safe. All utilities servicing the property should be shut off until such time as it can be made suitable for occupation.
Homes damaged by mudslides should also be properly repaired by professional water damage restoration providers.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.