The American spirit of community becomes very evident when a local disaster becomes a national relief effort. The circle of damage may be relatively small like a flooded street, or a Hurricane Sandy that ravaged almost the entire east coast. The response of help from businesses and individuals draws from all communities from east to west north to south. Caution is quickly thrown aside by the empathy of helping fellow countrymen in trouble. [Read more…]
When storms hit a populated area, like Hurricane Sandy did in late 2012, we usually think of devastation like what’s pictured above. We can imagine that it’s hard for emergency vehicles to get through, and that there’s chaos at hospitals across the affected areas.
But did you ever stop to think about how flooding and/or fire can affect the actual tools of the medical industry? Think of how many sterilized products go into just a simple, routine blood test, or even a throat swab. Now think about how you would perform these procedures when you’re entire storage facility has been flooded with rank stormwater, causing all of your hypodermic needles, gauze and other implements to be completely useless. [Read more…]
Here in California, Hurricane Sandy is but a distant, pre-election, pre-2013 blip on the weather map. But to most of the people on the Eastern Seaboard, the after effects of Hurricane Sandy are still felt on a daily basis.
Take Pat Scala of New Dorp Beach in Staten Island, New York. She’s not so concerned about her own home, but more about the two abandoned houses next door. You’d think the dead animals would bother her—and they do—but what scares her more is the mold growing on the inside and outside of the houses. [Read more…]
It was difficult for us in Southern California to understand the devastation left behind on the East Coast by Hurricane Sandy, especially as the Inland Empire’s residents were enjoying record temperatures in October and November. We actually went out to New Jersey to help, and it was no joke—the Eastern Seaboard got hit hard.
But just think back to two Decembers ago, when downtown Laguna Beach was under four feet of water right before the Christmas holiday. Although not as bad as a hurricane by any means, that storm devastated south Orange County, and had people being rescued from their roofs, homes were destroyed and old-growth trees uprooted. Then there were the windstorms last year at this time that were sweeping the Southland, causing millions in damages to homes, businesses and cities. [Read more…]
And even though our winter won’t be as bad as the fictional winter we referenced from Game of Thrones in the title, we should be bracing for an El Niño. Last year we had an La Niña winter, which means it was dry and fairly warm, so you can guess what an El Niño is. That’s right, it’s the exact opposite.
Even though there are varying degrees of El Niño weather, and we’re not absolutely sure what to expect this year, we’re advocating some preparation to head off any potential disasters. Even though flooding and water damage is our business, we’d like to help the Inland Empire stay dry and safe.
We’re more than happy to come out and check your roof—you do remember that we are fully licensed and bonded contractors, don’t you? But there are ways for you to check your roof yourself. Just please be careful—we don’t want any accidents on ladders! (For our commercial customers, we highly recommend that you use a professional to check your roof.) [Read more…]
Hurricane Isaac makes landfall.
This is not something that we have to worry about usually here in Southern California, but we are very concerned for our fellow Americans over on the Gulf Coast. This will be the first time the the new levees and flood gates in Louisiana have been tested since Katrina.
The amount of damage that a hurricane causes is dependent on several keys factors besides the wind or hurricane rating. Just like earthquakes, the direction or angle the storm comes into land is very significant to the amount of potential damage or loss, as well as the speed the storms comes in. You may think that if it hits shore quicker it would cause more damage, but in fact if the storm slows down before landfall it has a significantly higher probability of being more destructive. Hurricane Isaac did slow down before hitting the Louisiana coast, and the people of Plaquemines Parish are in trouble. [Read more…]
Forests in Northern California, Oregon and Idaho are burning due to fires caused by over 900 lightning strikes.
This week Northern California firefighters are trying to contain several fires that were caused by over 900 lightning strikes last weekend. Over 900 lightning strikes? Yes, you read that right—900. In fact, lightning strikes and fires caused by them occur most often in the summer months. [Read more…]
So far this year has been relatively dry, but recent weather updates show that storms are headed our way. Typically, rain in Southern California causes people to think about car accidents, flooded streets, and not having to wash their cars. One thing about rain storms that most people overlook is the potential damage that it could do to your home if your roof is in disrepair. [Read more…]
After our unseasonably dry and warm “winter” here in Southern California, we’ve finally received some cold, wet and blustery weather in Corona, Riverside and throughout the Inland Empire. The weather system has traveled down the coast from Alaska, which explains the cold winds, at least.
The storm is predicted by the National Weather Service to have a 20% of sending thunderstorms across Los Angeles late today, but other than that, expect more wind and cold than water from the sky. Overall rain totals are predicted to be light, with some areas not even getting any measurable rainfall at all. [Read more…]
It’s no secret—there hasn’t been a lot of rain this winter so far. And guess what—get used to it. There’s not much rain forecast for the rest of the winter, and winter lasts until March 20. Our rainiest months are usually February and March!
And while most people are celebrating and getting extra time in at the beach, planning Super Bowl parties out on the deck and putting the rain boots in the back of the closet, there are some of us who are worried. That little bit of rain we saw in the fall last year just created a burst of vegetation. The heat has now cooked the moisture out of that vegetation, and any other vegetation that’s still around trying to pretend it’s actually “winter”. [Read more…]