High and Dry After Flood Damage

Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.

Storm Preparation And Recovery Planning

Construction & Contractors Blog

If your area is prone to hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, high winds, damaging hail, or other storm situations, you need a plan for both protection and recovery. Buying the best defenses before a storm is good, but your property can still fall apart if you don't have a good recovery plan for when--not if--those defenses fail. Here are a few efficient storm preparation and property protection planning points, along with post-storm recovery tips.

Pre-Storm Preparation Options

Regional hurricane and storm seasons are drifting more drastically from their patterns of even two decades ago, and the seasons are becoming a bit more erratic. Still, most areas have a few weeks to prepare for the first looming storms of the season, and it's best to start buying--or at least cataloging--those improvement points before the storm starts.

First, think about window and door defenses. Boarding up windows is one of the first techniques used by people who prepare for storms, but it's such an old and barely effective technique that only exists as meme of older times when solid and composite wooden boards flooded the market.

Although it's still not difficult to get boards--and composite plywood is stronger than in past years--it's also more affordable to get a permanent solution. Consider installing storm shutters, which can protect your home while still being aesthetically pleasing.

These shutters are usually made of steel or a similarly strong material, and are installed against buildings with deep anchor studs or bolts. Storm shutters will have ratings that show the types of impact that can be resisted, which is based on a formula comparing wind speed and projectile type.

Although dated, this National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) page describes hurricane-grade shutters and their proper use.

Recovery Planning After The Storm Passes

Preparation and luck are all you have against natural disasters. Even with the best defenses, you may have a few small dents or cracks in your property during average storms, or see your entire home devastated with force and circumstances that no commercial products could withstand. You need a plan for fixing things up after the storm hits.

Be sure to have a catalog of all of your home improvement and construction items. This means having a model number, dimensions (length, width, height, density, color, and other packaging details), serial numbers, and store details about the following items:

  • Roofing materials.
  • Siding materials.
  • Windows.
  • Doors.
  • Brick composition and design.
  • Concrete mixtures.

Along with these materials, make sure that you have the tools and services for a safe, efficient installation. Especially when dealing with roof repairs, it may be better to hire a residential roofing services team to handle the installation.

It's better to speak with potential contractors before disaster strikes, since you won't have as many delays with receiving a response due to high delays caused by the disaster. Contact a residential roofing professional to learn more about roofing installation, and to get connected with professionals who can handle other aspects of home improvement and repair.

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6 February 2018