Monthly Archives: May 2014

Steps to Take After Discovering Water in Your Home

Flood damage to a property can be devastating, and can be caused by a multitude of different instances such as faulty pipes, a natural disaster, broken appliances or even a leaking roof. No matter the cause, there are steps that need to be taken to ensure the safety of your property and that the water damage is taken care of so no further damages occur. If you have recently experienced water damage to your home or business, these tips will help you get your life back to normal.

1) Preventing Foreseeable Hazards

The first step to take after discovering water in your home is making sure that your property is safe. This would be a good time to have your home professionally inspected to make sure it is safe for you to re-enter. Structural damage is the first thing to look for following water damage, as you want to make sure that your home is stable enough that it won’t collapse. It is also a good idea to have any electrical wiring looked at because sometimes water damage can cause many issues involving your electrical systems. A flood damage assessment should also be done to help you determine how much a home repair will cost. After these vital safety precautions are taken care of, you can go back inside of your home to begin the cleanup process.

2) Gather Proof of Flood Damage for Insurance Purposes

After you have gotten the “O.K” to go back into your home, you should then identify all the areas of your home where any damage has occurred and then document your findings for the sake of homeowner’s insurance. You can then take pictures and keep all documents that will be provided by the professional who inspects your property. Make sure that you note all damaged items and parts of the home to ensure that you are properly compensated for them later.

3) Flood Damage Restoration

The real job begins after you have documented all of the evidence of water damage that is visible to the naked eye. After that has been finished, it is time to begin removing all the water and making sure that your home is dried out. Working quickly is vital, as too much time will lead to the development of funguses and mold. These can lead to structural and health issues if not taken care of in a timely manner. The water can be removed from your property using a pump, and then dehumidifiers will be needed to rid the space of moisture. Fans will also do a good job of removing moisture and drying out your property. It is usually the best option to call a team of water damage experts after sustaining water damage to your property, as they have the proper knowledge and equipment to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

4) Begin Fixing Any Damages Caused by Water

After your home or business has been thoroughly dried out and eradicated of water, any external damages should be addressed. This could be a hefty process if the damage is comprehensive. Your home could have structural issues and may need to undergo re-construction. Also, it is a possibility that you may have to live elsewhere while the repair process is in effect.

It is important to call a certified professional quickly if you have recently undergone water damage to your property. You can save yourself a lot of time, and the hassle, by working with water mitigation experts with experience in the field. Otherwise, you could be dealing with multiple contractors to get the work done.

Severe Weather Eyes Portions Of The Midwest Again This Week

Last week severe weather completely ravaged parts of the South, and more severe weather is in the forecast for this week. This system is predicted to be located in the Rockies and the Midwest, but will move quickly into the Plains states as well. This looming threat of severe weather will begin on Tuesday and will continue into the evening. If the conditions are right, then the severe weather will more than likely be scattered and small in scope. The severe weather threat will return by Wednesday and will move into Thursday, caused by a downward dip in the jet stream that will quickly pivot into the Plains. Warm, moist, and unstable air will be present into the southern and central plains and western Great Lakes by this time.

Unlike the storm that many witnessed last week, residents can rest easy knowing that this system will not be as destructive as the last. There will be no widespread threat of tornadoes, yet some threats will still be present in the Plains. Meteorologists predict that the storm system will be most intense on Thursday, and will begin to die down on Friday.

Wednesday is when the threat of severe weather will begin for the high plains of Wyoming, Nebraska, upper Midwest, and some parts of the southern Plains. Hail and high wind gusts can be expected for the areas of Oklahoma City, Abilene, and Cheyenne.

On Thursday is when the storm systems will be the most intense. This will affect the upper Mississippi Valley and the southern Plains. There will be an initial round of thunderstorms in the morning that will then redevelop over the day. In the evening the storm system will then hit an area farther west. Oklahoma City, Dallas, Kansas City, and the Twin cities can expect hail, damaging winds, and some isolated tornado threats. These tornadoes will develop in the afternoon or evening in the upper Mississippi Valley and parts of Kansas and northern Oklahoma.
The system will become milder on Friday and will move into the central Great Lakes area, the Ohio Valley, lower Mississippi Valley, and central and east Texas. These areas can expect to see hail, and heavy rainfall that could possibly lead to flash flooding in the area. Louisville, Memphis, Houston, and San Antonio are the predicted areas of impact on Friday.
It is always in your best interest that you stay updated on any severe weather threats in your area. The Weather Channel is a good way to stay updated on the weather in your region, as well as your local weather authority. For your safety, it is also a good idea to keep an emergency kit with you when there is a threat of severe weather near you. This can include anything from flashlights to non-perishable goods.