Some parts of North America are uniquely vulnerable to extreme weather. It is a tough racket, to live in one of these regions, but there are lots of good reasons to do so. There might be great jobs, of course, but coastal cities have the benefit of trade winds and close proximity to the ocean while inland cities may be a little warmer, if not drier.
Still, if you live near a large body of water, for example, you might be prone to flooding. In the deserts, though, you might come to find you are prone to massive fires. And in the desert, flash flooding can occur too.
This is important to know, of course, because if you choose to live in a region particularly vulnerable to either of these things—fire or flood—you will want to have insurance for your home. At the same time, you should also brush up on some of the Renovco things that might go along with protection and restoration in the even that something like this happens.
If you live in a flood-prone region, here are a few things you can do to reduce your risk of more damage, while you wait for more help to arrive:
- try to remove as much water as you can by mopping or blotting (like with a towel)
- remove lamps and other tabletop items
- wipe away extra moisture from wood furniture (to minimize damage)
- put aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs/feet and wet carpets (also to minimize damage)
- remove colored rugs from wet carpets (to minimize color bleed)
- put away any pieces of art
- collect any and all loose items from the floor (for safety, mostly)
- an air conditioner can assist in drying (particularly in the hot summer)
In the event you report your home is on fire, you should follow these steps to also reduce risk for more damage while you wait for help to arrive:
- minimize movement (to reduce tracking of soot throughout the house and into the carpet and upholstery)
- put down clean towels or old linens (drop cloths) to walk on rugs and carpets
- empty the refrigerator and freezer (if you had to shut down the electricity)
- use petroleum jelly (aka, Vaseline) to clean and further protect chrome fixtures
- tape cheesecloth over air vents to help filter out the soot and dust