Homeowners should also check with their insurance providers to make sure that water related damage is in fact covered...
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) February 10, 2012
RestorationLocal.com, one of the leading water damage restoration providers in the country, is using Severe Weather Weeks being observed in states like Georgia and Alabama during February to encourage property owners to be prepared for water damage as the result of ice or major storms as the spring of 2012 approaches.
Winter 2012 has turned out much milder than initially predicted, with little in the way of major snow or ice events, however as the spring approaches, strong weather systems may be expected, producing severe thunderstorms and tornado conditions across much of the country. These storms may produce dangerous lightning and flooding.
2011 was one of the worst years in recent history for tornado activity, with 15 people killed and 143 injured over a two day period in Coweta County, Georgia. Other areas of the country saw record flooding as the result of strong storms, as well as large scale weather events such as Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
RestorationLocal.com warns homeowners of the risks posed by severe weather events, and strongly recommends that homes and businesses be properly safeguarded against the threat of water damage. All drainage vents should be kept free and clear of any obstructions (this includes gutter and downspout systems). Grading around the home should slope away from the structure for a distance of no less than ten feet.
Sump pumps may be installed in basements or lower levels, designed to catch and dispose of excess water before it has the chance to back up and create a flooding scenario. Backflow valves should be installed for toilets and other sewer outlets in order to prevent a sewage backup.
Important documents and irreplaceable items should be place on a higher level in order to prevent damage in the event the home does flood.
Homeowners should also check with their insurance providers to make sure that water related damage is in fact covered, and make any policy adjustments necessary.
Based in Cleveland OH, RestorationLocal.com provides quality water restoration services in 30 states, with 24/7 availability and same day service in most cases.