Sudden summer storms often do much more than spoil our plans for outdoor activities in the afternoon and evening. Each year the U.S. experiences over 100,000 thunderstorms, most occur during late spring and throughout the summer months, making North America home to the world’s most extreme weather. Early European settlers were amazed and frightened by the intensity of the storms they encountered in the ‘new world’. So are we today.
The fact is, quick moving thunderstorms dump volumes of intense rainfall, to fuel flash-flooding, which results in more deaths each year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning strikes. The safety of your clients, you and your family is the first priority when thunderstorms threaten. Never chancing to drive through swamped roadways, finding a secure place indoors to wait out the storm, and having access to emergency alerts via your mobile phone, radio or TV are your second line of defense.
As the storm moves on and daylight is available, your next priority is to inspect for damage that may have been inflicted on your home or business and to secure your property to prevent further damage:
- Check to see if there is roof damage from fallen tree limbs or missing shingles. Properly tarping over roof damage should be completed within 24 hours.
- Are there broken windows that require boarding up? These too need to be secured within the day.
- Is there any structural damage to your home’s exterior? Stabilizing work is also a day-after requirement to avoid more damage and even greater expense.
- Arranging for temporary power may also be necessary.
These are steps that Paul Davis teams take immediately upon arrival to homes or businesses that have suffered during summer storms. Once property is secured and protected, Paul Davis cleaning technicians regularly spend the next 24 to 48 hours protecting owner possessions. Electronics, clothing, appliances, carpeting, draperies, bedding and more can often be protected, cleaned and restored by swift action and caring attention that skilled Paul Davis technicians are able to provide.
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