Storm Damage in Albuquerque and Santa Fe
Thunderstorms, torrential downpours, flash floods and tornadoes wreak havoc across the Albuquerque area.
While you can’t prevent all storm damage in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, you can proactively protect your property in the event of a significant storm. If not properly and promptly repaired, wind and water damage can cause further structural damage, and mold infestations. If your home is affected by floods or is damaged by the wind, trust your local SERVPRO to clean up the damage, and restore it to its original state.
Here are 4 things you can do well in advance of a storm to protect your property and keepsakes against water and flood damage.
- Visually Inspect Your Roof. Every 3-4 months, walk around your home and look for any damaged roof tiles or the flashing around chimneys, vents, and at roof joints. If you notice any curling edges or cracks, or if you notice any leaks in the home, call a licensed roofing company immediately. Don’t wait until storm season; do it as soon as possible to prevent water damage to your home.
- Clean Your Gutters. Gutters that are filled with leaves, pine needles, or other debris can cause storm water to flow into your home, and around your foundation. This can lead to significant flood damage in your home. Even if you have shields on your gutters, it is wise to check them prior to storm season to make sure they are performing optimally and draining the water away from your house. It may be wise to consider downspout extenders to help move rainwater effectively from around your home.
- Ensure Landscaping Encourages Proper Drainage. To keep your home dry, it is imperative that water drains away from the foundation. Often, water will seep through the foundation, causing damp and musty basements, which can be a harbinger for mold growth requiring mold remediation in your home. With heavy rain, water can fill window wells quickly, leading to a flooded basement. Check window well covers often to make sure they are free from cracks and splits. For foliage around the home, consider raised beds or containers so the excess water is directed to lower areas of your property.
- Prepare for The Worst. In the event that National Weather Service or local weather professionals issue a warning for severe weather, prepare immediately. Your preparation should include a quick visual inspection of the exterior of your home, including roof, windows, window wells, and other features. If you have a sump pump, set it up, and have it at the ready in the event flooding occurs. Indoors, make sure that you have food and water for 3 days in the event disaster strikes.
Water damage in your home whether due to a storm, a leaky roof, a broken water heater, or a sewage backup, can cause significant structural damage, and damage to precious personal items. Your local SERVPRO has the expertise and the tools necessary for storm damage restoration.
Having a company that can coordinate the whole process from start to finish to make your life easier, and gets you back in your home or business faster. “Like it never even happened.”
If you would like more information on hiring a team experienced in the mold remediation process Call SERVPRO of South Albuquerque Today at (505) 345-4700