Spring and early summer are prime time for severe storms to pop up unexpectedly, and due to the rapid nature of their formation, it is important to be adequately prepared.
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) March 23, 2012
RestorationLocal.com, one of the leading providers of water damage restoration service in the United States, is offering more tips for property owners for protecting their homes and businesses during the upcoming severe weather season.
Spring and early summer are prime time for severe storms to pop up unexpectedly, and due to the rapid nature of their formation, it is important to be adequately prepared. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have partnered this month to highlight flood safety awareness, and
RestorationLocal.com supports that cause by offering the following flood safety tips:
Determine whether or not your home is in a high risk flood zone. Most local emergency management offices can provide this information, as well as detailed maps illustrating all current flood zones and flood plains in a given area.
Flood insurance should be obtained to provide maximum protection in the event of a flood disaster. While not a part of the average homeowners’ policy, flood protection is available in many cases for an added premium, as well as through the federally funded National Flood Insurance Program. Most flood insurance claims come from low to moderate risk areas, so there are no hard and fast rules determining how severely a given neighborhood may be affected.
Refrain from placing any type of debris, lawn trash or otherwise, into any storm water inlet, ditches, or other waterways. This could result in blockages that cause water to back up and create a flood damage scenario during a severe storm.
If your property is prone to flooding, you should look into water diversion projects such as a swale (earth ditch) or other retention areas designed to catch excess water and drain it from the property. These methods may require permits to enact and should be discussed with local authorities before any dig is green lighted.
Sandbagging is another form of flood protect that may be used successfully in conjunction with other materials designed to seal up openings and cracks.
Contact your local water damage restoration professionals for additional advice and suggestions for flood proofing your property.
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