Who Lives In a Flood Zone? You Do! North Star Clean of Wisconsin.
There’s some surprising news from the experts at the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Everyone lives in a flood zone. Yes, you read that right.
Of course, if your home is at the top of a mountain, you are probably at low risk from flooding. But most homes are at lower elevations, bringing higher risks.
How common are floods? In the past five years, according to the NFIP, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods.
And bad news for homeowners is their homeowner’s insurance does not cover flood damage. You need special flood insurance for that.
To protect yourself, you need some flood facts so you realize the danger and can purchase the proper flood insurance program for your home and risk level.
Flood facts from the NFIP
• Just a few inches of water in your home can cost many thousands of dollars to repair. This comes out of your pocket if your insurance doesn’t cover it.
• Flash floods can bring walls of water 10-15 feet high. Imagine that hitting your home!
• A vehicle can easily be carried away by just two feet of rushing water. You don’t want to think about what can happen if you are in the car…
• New land development can increase flood risk.
• Floods can be caused by different sources, such as hurricanes, winter storms, snow melt and other events.
• In a high-risk area, your home is more likely to be damaged by flood than by fire.
• Since 1978, The NFIP has paid nearly $50 billion for flood insurance claims and related costs (as of 2/17/15).
There are many more flood facts, but these can get you researching what you need to protect what’s important to you: Your home and your family.
And remember, if any type of flooding happens to you, keep your water damage pro on speed dial! He’ll be right over to save the day.
You work hard all week and look forward to the weekend, a time to relax and enjoy family and friends (but you still have to mow the grass!)
But, sometime during the week, you look down. You aren’t happy with the condition of the carpet. So you make a decision to rent a do-it-yourself carpet cleaning machine from your local grocery store. That’s right… you are going to clean your own carpet. Your goal this weekend is to create a nice, fresh and clean carpet and enjoy a healthier home.
Friday evening arrives. Off you go to your grocery store and you find yourself in front of a bunch of do-it-yourself cleaning machines and the various cleaning solutions available. There are products to put on the carpet before you clean it. There are products to put in the machine with the water. There are other types of products for all kinds of spots and stains. Still others for pet odors. You aren’t sure which ones you will need, so you grab a selection of them and take them to the front of the store to pay.
At the register, while paying for the daily rental of the carpet cleaning machine, you discover the cost of all those cleaning products is about what you spend on food for the family for an entire week. But you aren’t deterred! You are going to clean your carpet. Nothing will stop you.
So you go home with all your cleaning stuff and get started. It takes all your Saturday and, sad to say, part of your Sunday as well. It’s backbreaking work. You had no idea what sweating was really like. Yet… it looks pretty good when you are done. The bad part is it takes a few days to dry and you yell at the kids to not walk on the carpet. Maybe you thought they could float over it?
Within two weeks, though, the carpet starts to look worse than before it was cleaned. Uh oh… what happened?
You didn’t call your carpet cleaning pro! You know, those who have the training and the very best equipment and cleaning solutions to get the job done right.