Believing that the best defense is a good offense, the professionals at Restoration Local recommend that property owners be proactive in taking steps designed to predict future flood activity and guard their homes or businesses against it.
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) May 14, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage restoration service in the United States, is offering tips for determining the flooding threat to your home as severe weather season is in full swing and hurricane season is right around the corner.
Floods occur in all 50 states, year round, and for a variety of reasons. Floods may occur slowly, over a period of days, the result of steady rain over a prolonged period or torrential rains over one area in a short time. Rivers and lakes may rise slowly and steadily, overflowing their banks and resulting in flooding, while flash floods may develop in just a matter of hours or even minutes, providing little or no advanced warning to those who may be in their path.
However it happens, floods are capable of washing away houses, cars, and even people. Believing that the best defense is a good offense, the professionals at Restoration Local recommend that property owners be proactive in taking steps designed to predict future flood activity and guard their homes or businesses against it.
Local emergency management offices are an excellent starting point, since they will have weather data records, including flood activity, for the region available going back several years.
Past weather patterns may be used successfully to predict what may occur in the future. Data such as rainfall amounts, as well as flooding depths can give homeowners a good idea of how much water they may find themselves dealing with. In addition, flood zones and flood plains may be clearly identified, providing additional insight into the level of risk that a given home or business may be facing.
Property owners should also check to see if their community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a federally funded insurance provider designed to assist folks living in flood prone areas. The NFIP works with member communities to establish standards and safety protocols for their residents, and in return offering flood insurance coverage for a nominal fee.
NFIP coverage is infinitely preferable to federal disaster relief since relief funds often come in the form of low interest loans that must be paid back, in addition to any mortgage the property owner is responsible for. Paying a simple additional premium is less costly and provides much more in the way of coverage and protection in the event of a major flood. Interested parties should check to see if their community participates in the NFIP.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage restoration in the country, with service in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.