Hurricane Ian on the Way! What to do in the Event of Disaster
Who remembers around this time last year when that pair of tornadoes rolled through southern Anne Arundel County causing devastating damage to homes, businesses and facilities in Annapolis and Edgewater? From uprooted trees to fallen power lines, plenty of damage was dealt. Immediately following this storm surge, our emergency response team was responding to calls and helping the community restore their homes. This year, Hurricane Ian is on its way so in response to the possibility of severe weather, we want to share some things homeowners can do in the event of property damage.
- Remove dead branches from trees and remove dead trees shortly after the storm. Dead trees and tree branches can fall on cars and damage your roof.
- Dirty or cluttered gutters are a common cause of drainage problems. However, drainage problems can also occur with patios and landscaping too. If you see puddles forming in your yard or on your driveway, this can be a sign of drainage problems. To better avoid water damage, get those drainage problems addressed before a storm strikes.
- When was the last time you had your roof inspected? Ideally, your roof should be inspected and maintained on a yearly basis. Leaks in your roof can result in several levels of your home being affected.
- Ensure you have a sump pump battery backup in place. These batteries can save you from having a real mess on your hands. A backup battery system is needed most often when heavy rains have resulted in a power outage, or the primary sump pump is overwhelmed by heavy water volumes during a rain event.
- Know where your shut off valves are for your utilities. If you have a flood, for your safety, it is important to know where the shut off valves are locating both inside/outside your home.
When the weather strikes, we strike back harder. Call SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian if your home or business is in need of water damage restoration services!