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The Real Risks of Flood Water & Mold Damage!

As the threat of storms, flooding, and fluctuating temperatures continue to intensify due to climate change, home and business owners need to consider how to properly protect their property during every season-however unpredictable. So the question is, “What steps can property owners take today to protect their homes and businesses from extreme weather conditions right now and for the foreseeable future?”

3 Ways Property Owners Can Prepare for the Unpredictable Future of Climate Change

1. Seal Leaks and Waterproof Your Property.

Heavy rainfalls and melting snow can damage your property’s roof and foundation. Make sure that no water is able to get through to your roof or into your basement. With thermal imaging and other innovative industry technology, a certified professional contractor can identify where there are cracks and leaks and take the right action to seal them before they become a significant problem.

By using infrared scanning
technology to complete a full survey of your property, your specialized
contractor can non-invasively identify moisture areas, water damage, and
even foundation cracks.  Your
professional contractor can then make specific recommendations for thoroughly
waterproofing your roof and basement, as well as recommendations for repairing
any foundation cracks, from the inside or outside, with or without digging.

2. Prevent Sewage Water Exposure.

Severe weather conditions can also cause sewers to back-up. When your property is located in an area supported by outdated sewage infrastructure, your risk for flooding increases as well as the health risks from the bacteria and viruses due to sewage back up water carries with it. One way to prevent exposure to sewage water in the event of a sewer backup is to install a backflow valve.  Another preventive measure is making sure the elevation around your home does not allow heavy rains to collect along the perimeter of your property.

3. Check for Mold: Protect Your Air Quality and Property Value.

With an increased risk for flooding from extreme weather and temperatures, property owners also face the risk of mold growth. Mold can be costly to repair and cause damage to your health when left undetected and untreated. Mold does not have to be visible for a professional mold remediation team to detect it. Using the latest technology in mold spore meters, your mold remediation professional can perform specialized indoor air quality tests to identify mold spores and other contaminants in the air.

It is also strongly recommended that new homeowners have a mold inspection performed before purchasing any property. Home inspectors do not normally do these specialized mold and contaminant inspections. These types of inspections require a certified professional with the right training, experience, and equipment to properly test for mold and then recommend and take the necessary steps to complete thorough mold remediation.

Our properties are designed to protect us from extreme weather so it is so very important that we make every effort to protect our properties from extreme weather as well.
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