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.
New England is far from immune to natural disaster. From winter storms to flooding and hurricanes, it is important that you have a disaster plan in place to protect your business from this type of uncontrollable inclement weather. A business struck by a natural disaster that is unprepared can be devastated, even beyond the point of recovery.
A country club needed major flood cleanup repairs after a large rainstorm swept through the area. The owner of the New Hampshire establishment was upset when he opened the basement door and uncovered an ankle-deep pool of water. He called a few of his friends to help him remove the valuable items from the basement to store them in a dry, safe room within the building.
The heat and high humidity levels of summer can lead to unsettled weather, resulting in short but often intense summer storms. It isn’t unusual for these storms to come on very suddenly and unexpected. These powerful summer storms can lead to property damage, from roof shingles to falling trees and flooded basements.
When a flood has damaged your home or business, time is of the essence. It is important that the contractor you choose responds immediately to begin the restoration process. The company should be certified, carry adequate insurance and have the necessary training and experience to address the situation quickly. An experienced restoration company can help you to navigate the process of filing an insurance claim as well.
When living in a hurricane prone area, you must always be prepared. If you own a business you need to be doubly prepared. Many businesses, especially small businesses, might not recover after a disaster. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 40% of small businesses never reopen after a natural disaster. While this seems like a large number, you can take stock in the fact that it is not the majority; 60% of small businesses do recover. It is crucial to prepare ahead for a disaster, especially if you’re in the path of a hurricane.
It was shopping day for Madeline. She decided to go to the local department store in Concord, NH to pick up a few things. On her way in she got a pretzel and a large soda. She was nearly finished shopping when she began to need the restroom. The large soft drink was the culprit. She headed to the bathroom in a rush. As she walked in, she noticed the floor was flooded. She heard a hissing noise. As she bent over to look under one of the stalls, she saw water squirting from behind the toilet. Emergency flood damage cleanup was needed immediately at the shopping center restroom.
The month of April is notoriously a rainy one. The benefit of the rain will be seen in the signs of spring that are on their way; green grass, leaves sprouting on the trees and of course beautiful flowers. But first we need to ensure that we get through the spring rains, part of which means protecting your home from water damage.
Taking the following precautions can ensure that your home makes it through the rainy season with no costly water damage.
After returning home from a long, much needed vacation you open the door to your Auburn, New Hampshire home to unload your luggage. You then spread yourself out on the couch with a cool drink in hand. You take a swallow of the refreshing liquid and lift your head. That’s when you notice it; a large spot on your ceiling. Could it be that you have water damage on the ceiling? Where did it come from? Since you’ve been gone a while, it’s hard to tell whether the moisture intrusion came from a leaking plumbing line or from seepage in the roof. There’s a way to tell. If the water appears fresh, it probably comes from a plumbing leak, if it seems dirty or causes a stain on the roof; it’s a safe bet it’s from a roof leak. Repairing this problem, whether it’s caused by a broken pipe or heavy rain, is crucial to the condition of your home.
As New Englanders, for the next several months we will be bracing ourselves for the inevitable snowstorms and widespread power outages that go along with this time of year. While we may not be able to prevent this, there are some steps that you can take to prepare your home and your family in anticipation of losing power. These steps will protect your home from damage caused by the loss of power, or more specifically heat, while also making the situation more comfortable. This is particularly important when the power is out for an extended period of time.