Cleveland OH (PRWEB) August 10, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration service in the United States, is offering advice to homeowners on proper assessment of their flooding risk. This helps to determine what sort of flooding problems may be encountered and how to properly prepare against flood damage in the future. As the country works through the most likely severe weather months of summer, such preparation becomes imperative.
The easiest way to determine the flooding threat to a given property is to arrange a visit to the local emergency management office. They will have detailed records on severe weather and flood activity for previous years. It should first be determined if the home in question is located on or near a flood plain, since this will automatically place the property at a much higher risk for flood damage. Homes in such proximity may end up requiring flood insurance, which is usually only available through specialized resources such as the National Flood Insurance Program.
Historical data on flood levels may also prove invaluable, since past events usually fall into patterns, patterns that may be extremely beneficial when it comes to predicting future weather events. A close examination of past flood levels will give a clear indication of what kind of water levels may have to be dealt with down the road.
Yet another method for determining flood risk is to examine the landscaping around the property in question. Landscaping should always slope away from the property for a distance of no less than ten feet. More distance is preferred, but ten feet is the bare minimum. The reason is simple; ground can only absorb so much water. Once the ground is saturated, the excess water is going to follow the path of least resistance. If the ground slopes toward the home or business, that is where the water is going to go. The end result will be serious flood problems.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water restoration in the country, with service 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.