Heavy rain can quickly flood a city & your home
Severe weather has been ramping up across the world. Prepare for the worst despite "sunny" weather predictions.
Here in Virginia, this 2018 storm season has seen over 80,000 people without electricity, there have been 5 reported tornado touchdowns and countless people stranded. The property damage is unimportant in light of the pain and suffering but it is also quite costly. There are many things you can do to make sure that your family and property are protected. We want to expect the best, but please make sure to be prepared for the worst case scenario.
Remove loose, heavy materials from around your property such as rocks, and trim down any trees or shrubbery with potentially dead limbs that can break off and smash a nearby window during a storm.
Fix your drainage. Do not allow standing water to reside on your property. Many diseases and insects are the direct result of standing water, remain vigilant and remove standing water ASAP.
As with any emergency, make sure to keep your supplies at full capacity at all times. Every person will need 2 weeks worth of bottled water and food, any medicines they need and don't forget your pets! Storm winds can take down electrical grids, preventing emergency services from providing help to your family. Help yourself first!
Be aware of your elevation. If you are in a flood plain, make sure to leave if evacuation is recommended. Changing tides means that the ocean is unpredictable and your home may very well be swept away if it close enough to the shore. Make sure to be well informed of historic trends and future outcome predictions in weather patterns for your area. Being aware of your landscape is a good idea for the repair process that will follow the storm.
As annoying as heavy rainfall can be, the plants thrive after a storm.. with proper care.
The rainfall obviously did the worst of its damage to the ground. Our lawns took the brunt of the water for us and as a result are likely very damp and soggy. We might not be able to walk on them until it dries out. There are solutions to this problem though, it is far from permanent. Let's break it down into 3 simple steps.
Increase drainage, such as incorporating gypsum into the soil or creating a sophisticated drainage system with the help of an irrigation specialist.
Aerate your lawn regularly, especially after a heavy storm. This is to help the roots of the grass break apart the water droplets, instead of holding in standing water. This is key to disease and rot prevention.
Reseed in the spring. Adding new grass to the lawn is the quickest way to replenish the natural beauty of your turf. Call LawnCraft LawnCare in Virginia Beach, Norfolk & Chesapeake for help with seeding and aeration at 757-774-TRIM(8746).
Storm Damage Potential
Problem Potential Cost Key To Damage Prevention Quick Tip
Problem: Rapid flooding
Cost Potential: $$$
Key To Damage Prevention: Barriers to prevent water coming in, effective drainage.
Always Follow evacuation orders! Rushing waters cause many deaths every year
Problem: Broken Windows
Cost Potential: $$
Key To Damage Prevention: Shutters on windows, remove potential projectiles from property.
Tip: Mulch with soft materials instead of pebbles (tiny stone projectiles)
Problem: Soggy yards
Cost Potential: $
Key To Damage Prevention: Investing in highly effective drainage measures such as preventative landscaping could help, but the water is inevitable.
Tip: Installing a temporary lawn can bring back the beauty in the worst flood cases, but generally you can simply re-seed in the Spring to bring back your lawn.
Problem: Slow recession of water
Cost Potential: $$
Key To Damage Prevention: Standing water causes damage to property and our health. Maintain a healthy drainage system and use porous landscaping materials.
Tip: Dig a shallow ditch from your property to the road (called a swale) to help direct flood waters directly off your lawn.