Don’t Let Disasters Stop You in Your Tracks

Don't Let Disasters Stop You in Your Tracks

Mother Nature is fickle. You may be thanking her for her benevolence Though it’s hard to imagine while you are sitting on your lanai on a sunny day, you’ll have to pay the piper eventually for living in paradise. When the tides turn and natural disaster wreaks havoc on your home, don’t worry: damage restoration company malabar is your key to turning things back around. In the interim, there are still steps you can take to prevent or minimize damage from wind, rain, or fire.

Storm

In 2018, natural disasters in the US caused $91 billion in losses. 80% of that was attributable to 3 events: Hurricane Michael, Hurricane Florence, and wildfires in the West. For most of us, particularly those who live near the coast, it isn’t a matter of if but when we will have to have help repairing storm damage. Trees can be blown down, damaging roofs, walls and anything else in its path. Debris can be blown into windows or onto roofs, opening your home up to more destruction from wind or rain. Take a look around your property before disaster strikes. Keep trees trimmed away from rooflines. If your children have a trampoline, make sure that it is chained and bolted down. Keep vehicles in a garage, if possible. Keep fences in good condition. 

Flood

Water damage can be devastating. Flooding from storms, torrential rains through holes in roofs, or even burst pipes from freezing temperatures: all of these can be severe but that doesn’t mean that the damage can’t be repaired. An experienced restoration specialist can help you with your choices for rebuilding, repairing or replacing the affected structure. If the worst happens and water is flooding your home, the first thing to do is to turn off the power. If possible, block the entry point of the water. If the flooding is from a broken pipe, turn off the water to the house.

Fire 

From 2012 through 2016, there was a total loss from home fires of $6.5 billion. The sources are varied, but cooking contributes to almost 50% of all home fires, while smoking materials (cigarettes, matches, etc.) come in second causing almost 25% of all home fires. Smoke detectors and alarms have made great strides to prevent loss, but some fires move so quickly that all impacts can’t be prevented. Using natural or flame-retardant fabrics can also mitigate the destruction caused by flammable materials. Keeping leaves and other debris away from your home is also a good preventive measure.

Chances are that sometime in the life of a homeowner, there will be a need for repairing or restoring the home due to damage. Being proactive with preventive measures can help to prevent or minimize loss of property. Mother Nature may be fickle, but you can still do your best to stay a step ahead of her.

Author: Jill T Frey