Albany: A Capital Underwater

mold removalAlbany has been lucky to avoid direct hits from the last two hurricanes, which swept across the East Coast (Irene in 2011 and Sandy in 2012) but by no means has the historic city avoided the aftermath of those two storms or others from the past few years.  Surrounding the Hudson River, the city of Albany is in an unfortunate location for high winds and flooding.  When heavy rains filled the riverbanks beyond capacity and high winds pushed the excess volumes of water over the edge and into the streets, Albany took on major flood damage in the aftermath of Irene back in 2011.  Not to be outdone by its predecessor, Tropical Storm Sandy landed on the east coast with a vengeance.  While Albany avoided the heaviest onslaught of Sandy, the storm left its mark across Albany and the rest of the east coast with excessive flooding points and wind damage across five states.

With the continued escalation of violent storms cutting across the eastern seaboard, residents of Albany will need to learn how to protect themselves from these horrific storms and the hazardous flood damage and moldy residuals they leave behind.  From having water pumped out of your basement to having the interior walls opened up and dried out, EnviroTech offers Albany residents peace of mind by provided fully inclusive service that takes the home from disaster zone to fully restored living space.  Here are a few helpful pointers to better prepare your home and yourself for dealing with a storm’s aftermath:

  • Get flood insurance NOW:  If you have regular home insurance then that’s great, but it won’t protect you from any costs associated with flood damage and property loss.  Having flood insurance will save you thousands of dollars when you go to restore your property once the storm has passed.  Also make sure you inquire about mold coverage. Most flood insurance packages do not include any costs associated with demolition, remediation and restoration of finished or occupiable areas like basements and crawl spaces.  This is where the majority of restoration cost comes into play after a storm, so you definitely need to make sure you have coverage for it.
  • Call your insurance company before or during the storm:  Obviously you need to first focus all your attention on getting your family to safety if a storm hits, but immediately after securing you and your family’s safety, call your insurance company.  Homeowners can wait weeks to months before an adjuster shows up to review the damage, getting your appointment in early can save you immeasurable time, money, and frustration. 
  • Keep your basement as empty as possible:  This follows general logic – the less stuff in your basement when a storm or flood hits, the less stuff that gets damaged or needs replacing.  This is especially true for sentimental or invaluable belongings, items that you or an insurance company cannot put an accurate price to.
  • Set up an emergency plan for evacuation and extended absence:  When storms hit, they can leave families out of their homes for what seems like endless periods of time, sometimes for weeks or months on end.  Establish and prepare a plan for extended evacuation now so that you can focus your time and energy on getting back into your home as soon as possible in case a storm does run you out of town.
  • Have a response team on call:  Remember that you are not the only resident that is going to need help during and after a storm.  Having a phone number ready for a 24-hour response team like EnviroTech will get you quick results and keep you high on the list for action.  Save this number in your cell phones and call if you ever have an emergency flood or storm response need that you need addressed right away: 1-800-GET-ENVIRO!