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Preparing Your Home for Hurricane Season

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According to the NESEC, the Hurricane season in New England begins in June and continues through the end of November, with August and September as peak months (NESEC). Going through a hurricane is incredibly daunting and can lead to devastation. Though they may not be prevalent where you live, it is essential to do your best to prepare and protect your home and your family. Follow along for preventative measures you can take this hurricane season to prepare your home for the storm. 

Trim Trees

During a hurricane, limbs and branches of trees tend to break off and fly into your home easily. It is crucial to inspect the trees and vegetation surrounding your home to properly trim branches and cut off dead limbs to avoid any part of the tree falling or flying into your home. If you know that a hurricane is coming, it is an excellent idea to remove it altogether and get rid of dead trees in your yard, as they are a serious safety threat. 

Secure Doors and Windows

All doors and windows must be shut, locked, and secured. If you own hurricane shutters, it is time to get those out, or if you do not have them, plywood works just as well. Before a hurricane hits, check to see if you are experiencing leaking from any door or window. If you notice leaking, make sure to get them sealed and secured before the time the storm hits. 

Protect Valuables

Valuables are different for everyone, but whatever yours are, make sure they are placed in a waterproof, leakproof, plastic container during a hurricane. If some things are too valuable to risk, you may want to send them over to a friend or family outside of the storm zone for safekeeping. 

Prep Your Basement

If you typically experience flooding in your basement during a storm (as most homeowners unfortunately do), there are precautions you can take to eliminate as much damage as possible. Make sure there is no clear way for water to get in, have a pump handy, and make sure there are no valuables or anything of importance on the basement floor. 

Contact Restoration Professionals

The damage caused by hurricanes can be devastating. The best thing you can do is prepare your home as best you can before the storm and follow every safety tip in the book. If you have fallen victim to property damage due to a hurricane, make sure you call the expert restoration professionals at Soil-Away immediately. 

How Do I Recover from Storm Damage?

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It isn’t unusual for a winter storm to cause significant damage to your home or business.  Being proactive to act quickly can go a long way to minimizing the damage.  In many cases, particularly when flooding is involved, fast action can make a big difference.   A professional restoration and rebuild company, like Soil-Away, can help to make the recovery process as painless and quick as possible.  This can go a long way to allowing you to once again resume everyday life.

Rebuilding After Storm Damage

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A storm can devastate a business or home, causing not only exterior damage but structural problems as well.  The first steps after a storm has damaged your property is to document the damage and file a claim with your insurance company.  After the insurance company has had a chance to see and assess the damage, you will have a better understanding of what the rebuilding process will entail. 

Water Damage Insurance Claim

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Water can cause extensive damage to a home or business, from needing to replace the floor and drywall to potential mold problems down the road.  It is important that after a flood you file a water damage claim with your insurance company.  The insurance company can assess the damage, offering compensation to make the necessary repairs to restore the property to its pre-flood state.

What Company Repairs Water Damage?

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After your home or business is damaged by a flood, you need a company with experience handling this type of disaster.  It is important that the restoration process addresses not only removing the water, but also any underlying moisture problems and high humidity levels.  These problems can lead to mold down the road.  A professional restoration company has the equipment and experience to address the water quickly, reducing the moisture levels back to normal and repairing any resulting damage.

Filing a Water Damage Insurance Claim

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A flood can cause significant damage to a home or business. The proper restoration can be costly, but necessary to remove bacteria and prevent future mold growth.  In many cases, homeowner’s insurance will cover the cost of these repairs.  This is typically true if the flood is caused by a plumbing problem, storm damage or sewage backup.  However, if the damage is the result of lack of proper maintenance and neglect over an extended period of time many insurance companies will not cover the repair costs.

Winter Worries: Extreme Weather

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Common Home Insurance Claims Seen During Extreme Weather

The winter months, bringing snow and ice, can be fraught with threats of damage to your home.  From frozen pipes to a hail storm, extreme weather can take its toll leaving behind damage that may require filing a homeowner’s insurance claim.  While you can prepare your home for the winter, in some cases winter damage is inevitable. 

The following are the most common areas of damage to the home seen during extreme winter weather.

Storm Damage Mitigation – Berwick, Maine

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You can’t prevent a storm from occurring, but you can be proactive in protecting your home or office from major storm damage. Know the risk that your city and town have, and take all necessary precautions in protecting your home, office, and business from major damage. Taking the right precautions may minimize the pain of the recovery and lessen the need for extensive storm damage mitigation.

Flood Damage Repairs – Kennebunkport, ME

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A business chain in Kennebunkport, ME is preparing for a summer storm.  The business owners expect that flooding may occur and they want to take precautionary measures to prevent damage. New England storms can be dangerous, especially when they cause storm surge.  Storm surge is when the sea level rises due to low pressure, high winds, and strong waves created from hurricane activity.  Previously, a storm surge led to flooding in Kennebunkport, ME, causing many homes and businesses to look for flood damage repairs.  Now a second storm is anticipated, and residents are taking precautionary measures.

Textiles and Soft Contents Restored After a Fire or Flood

Some of the items that are dearest to us can be the most challenging losses after a fire or flood.  These may include sentimental items of clothing, blankets, purses or a child’s stuffed animal.  Textiles and soft contents like these present a unique challenge during the restoration process.  They can hold dirt and grime from the disaster, while also becoming a breeding ground for bacteria.  A simple wash of these items will do little to get the item deep-cleaned, eliminating any concerns over lingering bacteria.  Instead these soft contents should be specially cleaned and restored by a professional like Soil-Away.

Storm Damage Restoration – Eliot, Maine

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Property damage is a reality for residents of Eliot, ME. Harsh weather can lead to falling trees, roof leaks, flooded basements and more. These scenarios lead property owners with the need to hire a professional storm damage restoration company. Having someone you can call 24/7 in the event of property disaster is a must. A quick response to stabilize, clean and repair a storm damaged property can make the difference between a minor emergency and a large disaster. That is why residents of Eliot trust Soil-Away at 800-293-6319.

Prevent Property Damage During Hurricane Season

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Hurricane season, which runs from the first of June through the end of November, is well underway.  In New England the peak season for hurricanes is during the month of September.  From storm damage as a result of high winds to rising water levels and coastal surges, it isn’t unusual to experience property damage from hurricanes this time of year.  Those living on the coasts are particularly vulnerable to damage from a hurricane.  However, everyone should take some necessary precautions when one of these powerful storms is passing through.

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