Depending on the type of storm, there are various types of damage that can happen around your house. Here in New England, we usually face a few different types of storm including thunderstorms (with the occasional tornado thrown in), hurricanes, nor'easters (that bring snow and rain), and the occasional blizzard. All these weather events have the potential to cause significant damage to properties and even if the damage is minimal, most of the time a mess is left behind to clean up. Here's a few of the common situations (a couple of which the King and I have had to deal with personally):
1. Flooding - I'm sure most of you that are from the Merrimack Valley area remember the flooding we had back in 2006. Here's a picture that I took of Rt 113 in Lowell...crazy.
Anyways, with flooding there's a lot to consider:
- Flood water is almost always contaminated with various things including sewerage and chemicals. Anything that comes in contact with the flood waters, especially food should be thrown out.
- If your basement is flooded, more than likely you will have to dispose of all the items that came in contact with the flood waters, especially any carpets and drywall.
- All items that came in contact with the flood water that are washable should be cleaned and disinfected.
- You should turn off the main breaker in your home until you're sure (consult with an electrician) that it can be safely turned back on.
Here is a great booklet from the Red Cross about repairing your home after a flood.
2. Tree Damage - Yes, that's our old shed with a tree puncturing the roof - thank goodness it fell on the shed and not the house.
3. Snowstorms/Ice Storms - Remember the ice storm of 2008? The Queen sure does - I was pregnant with our first princess - 9 months pregnant to be exact!
Anyways, the picture below is from February 2011 when the snow kept falling and falling - as you can see it buried that mailbox (and had some help from the friendly snow plows)!
As we all know with snow and ice storms, power outages can be widespread from snow/ice accumulation on branches and power lines as well as strong winds that accompany nor'easters or blizzards. When the power goes out, the biggest concern afterwards is usually food safety. If it's winter and you don't have a generator, you can usually buy a little extra time with your perishables that you had in the fridge. Heck, if it's colder than 32 degrees outside, move all your "must be refrigerated" items outside into the snow (been there, done that!). If that's not an option and you keep everything in the refrigerator/freezer, then here are some good guidelines for your refrigerator and your freezer on what to keep. One last thing about ice/snowstorms...don't forget to lift with your knees when you shovel that walkway or driveway(or roof!) after the storm, a shovel full of heavy wet snow (vs the fluffy stuff) can weigh quite a bit depending on the water content.
Question: Were you affected by the recent storms or have a good storm story? Share it with us!
Last Words: This is just a brief overview of how to handle various situations that you may be faced with after a big storm hits. As always, I must let you know that Junk King can definitely help with the clean-up so don't hesitate to call the King and Queen!
Thanks for reading and stay safe!