Located in St. Petersburg, Florida, Bonded Builders knows a thing or two about natural disasters. Especially after this past summer when we experienced tropical storm Colin, hurricane Hermine and most recently tropical cyclone Matthew. Every time there is a hurricane, fire, or flood, we hope for the best for all those affected; however, we need to be realistic and have preventative measures in place. It’s important as builders to be ready and able to protect the thousands of families you build homes for each day.
Below are a few ways to assist your homeowners with safety precautions they should take:
Everyone lives in a flood zone, whether a high-risk or low-risk. According to Floodsmart, a 2,000 square foot home undergoing 12” of water damage could cost more than $50,000. It’s always a good idea to raise electrical system boxes to create less problems in the case of rising water.
The annual premium for a residential NFIP policy starts at $112 per year, according to FEMA, and increases according to the level of flood risk and amount of coverage needed Remember there is usually a 30 day wait before a flood policy becomes effective. An additional tip for homeowners is to keep important documents together in a waterproof case. By keeping all paperwork together, it should be easy to move forward with your Flood insurance. Also, if you don’t have a flood policy, it is a good idea to look into one.
In 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 367,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,745 deaths, 11,825 civilian injuries, and $6.8 billion in direct damage. One way to protect your home in the event of a fire is getting the right shingle, like fire smart. These shingles are treated with a fire retardant material, and can also add durability to the roof, hopefully saving your home in the long run.
The National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) records an average of 20,000 earthquakes every year (about 50 a day) around the world. There are, however, millions of earthquakes estimated to occur every year that are too weak to be recorded.
Another way to protect yourself against an earthquakes is to make sure you have items in your house secured by mounting paintings, mirrors and anchoring tall book shelves or file cabinets.
If you build homes in an area that historically has high winds it might be a good idea, and a selling feature, to install storm shutters on the windows of your homes. Damaging winds are classified as those exceeding 50-60mph which can happen as a result of thunder storms or shifts in atmospheric pressure. It may be wise to remove trees and other potential windborne missiles. If you live in an area that is prone to wind storms, it’s a good idea for you to reconsider landscaping to remove plants, and trees that could be a potential threat down the road.
Bonded Builders is here to make sure you and your homeowners are safe through any natural disaster and are prepared for any risks you may face. Contact us today if you have any questions or concerns when facing a natural disaster.Share