While last year we experienced some intense down-pours during the winter months, this year has been relatively tame, with short periods of rain here and there. Periods of dry weather can cause the area to become prone to wildfires. This risk can persist even if it starts raining again. As a home owner, it is important to know the risks associated with dry-spells, and what to do in the event of an emergency.
Risk of Fire
Light amounts of rain and periods of no rain can cause an area to become more susceptible to wildfires. Dry plant growth makes it easy for fires to manifest and spread. However, even if it begins to rain again, the dry weather can cause plants to dry out below the surface of the soil, creating dry undergrowth. This has been a huge contributor to several major wildfires throughout the L.A. and San Diego counties in the past couple of years.
Risks of Flood
Most of us who live in San Diego are aware that the city is not very capable of handling major amounts of water falling from the sky. If a torrential downpour were to grace San Diego, it is common for river banks and reservoirs to fill and sometimes overflow, creating floods and dangerous waterways throughout the city. Additionally, hilly areas of San Diego can be prone to not only flooding, but also landslides.
What to Do
While floods and fires can sometimes be unpredictable and unforeseen, it is important to talk to you insurance provider about your coverage, and what happens in the case of an emergency. Some areas of the city may be more prone to flooding than others, which can affect the possibility of being affected by a disaster, as well as insurance rates. In the worst case scenario, if your home is damaged by any flood or fire damage, we are here to help. Here at Clean Earth Restorations, we consider ourselves to be the leading fire and flood restoration experts in the county. For more information on fire and flood safety and preparation and remediation, give us a call at 619-284-4239, or contact us at cleanearthrestorations.com.