Flash Floods: Protecting Your Property
Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, out in the country, or even in the desert, there is a potential for flooding. Anywhere it can rain, it can flood.
A variety of events can cause flooding, like: heavy rains, when ocean waves come onshore, when snow melts too fast, or when dams or levees break. A flooding event may occur over a long period and could last days, weeks or longer.
The most dangerous type of flood, the flash flood, happens quickly with little or no warning. Flash floods are the top weather-related killer in the U.S. since they can roll boulders, tear out trees and destroy buildings and bridges. A flash flood is the rapid flooding of low-lying areas in less than six hours, caused by intense rainfall from a thunderstorm or several thunderstorms.
Nearly 50% of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster because just a few inches of water can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Over the past five years (2006-2010), the average commercial flood claim has amounted to just over $85,000.
With over 40 years experience, SERVPRO® has restored flood damaged homes and businesses from coast to coast. SERVPRO®’s Disaster Recovery Team is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure if not treated quickly and properly.
If a flood strikes your home or business call SERVPRO® of University Place/Lakewood West at 253-896-3000.
Be Prepared Before Disaster Strikes
Call SERVPRO® of University Place/Lakewood West and talk about completing an Emergency READY Profile™ (ERP). They ERP provides you with an emergency plan: having a plan in place can help reduce business interruption in the event of a disaster. SERVPRO® of University Place/Lakewood West can help make a disaster, “Like it never even happened.”