Enough of 2020 v 2.0!!! While we spent more time at home than ever, now our houses are being pummeled with extra heat and rain. Models predict that the storms this summer will be stronger than in other seasons. Life in Tornado Alley is never dull.
Thunderstorms in Muskogee can be pretty severe, especially when they occur before a cold front. The mixture of warm, moist air from a thunderstorm and cold high pressure air results in violent storms with strong winds, thunder, lightning, and possibly hail.
While you can’t do anything to control the weather, you may be able to take steps to prevent or reduce the ultimate outcome of weather-related water damage. Prepare in advance, including knowing who to call when a significant weather event occurs– Courtesy Care.
Keep up your home maintenance; out of sight should not be out of mind. Heat-triggered thunderstorms can dump several inches of rainfall quickly on a hot, humid summer day. This abrupt transition from dry to deluge can inflict water damage in several ways:
2021 has already delivered some scorching hot days around the nation. Keeping you cool on a hot summer day, your central A/C unit extracts gallons of water vapor from the air. When working correctly, it collects in the condensate drip pan, then funnels down the drain line. However if the drip pan or drain line is clogged, the pan overflows within the home.
Use a flashlight to inspect the drip pan under the air handler– dampness is expected. However, if you see standing water, contact an HVAC service technician to troubleshoot the drain system.
A good roof should last more than twenty years. Stretch that lifetime length with periodic maintenance. Check your roof often for signs of damage: leaks, buckling, curling, blistering, loose material. If you see uneven wear around chimneys and pipes, inspect for broken or missing flashing.
Keep all of your trees well maintained and secure. Any trees (or large limbs) in poor condition should be cut down since lightning or strong winds may cause damage. Secure your lawn and patio furniture; a big gust of wind could pick up the patio table and toss it through a window. Pick up all toys and pool chairs and put them in the pool house or garage at the end of each day.
Clear your gutters of debris and leaves. A blockage can cause water to pour over the sides of the gutter and pool around the foundation.
Power issues can occur both in winter blizzards and summer storms. Buy yourself some peace of mind. Consider purchasing a generator to provide electricity for your home during a storm or other power outage, consider installing a whole house standby generator which turns on automatically whenever the power goes off. If you decide on a portable generator, only use it outdoors in an open, well ventilated area. Do not run a generator in a garage, storage shed, or near windows or doors.
When in doubt, call the professionals. Courtesy Care can help you with home water damage to any materials. The team will quickly respond to investigate the source of your problem and then make permanent solutions. They provide assistance for both small projects and large floods– doing everything possible to eliminate the spread and cross contamination of mold in your home.
These experienced technicians are also background-checked and subject to drug testing to ensure your safety in your home. With onsite technicians (and a super office staff working behind the scenes) they can assist you through the complete cleaning and restoration process. For help with restoration on your water damaged home in Northeast Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas, call as soon as you can