Hurricane Recovery

You’ve been through the major stages of the Hurricane: Prepare Survive ? Now it’s time for the last part. Recovery. This is going to be different for everyone. In some places, you’ll just have a contractor working on your roof. Maybe you’re coming home to nothing but a cement pad. If you’re lucky, you just need to fix up what you have.   Major Repairs The first step in the process is assessing the damage of what’s there. You’ll likely need a housing inspector to walk through your house and find anything damaged or compromised. There could be structural damage. Many of you will need significant roof repair. For flood damage, you’ll need to work on treating mold, replacing electrical wires, and replacing everything that came into contact with the water. If any part of your HVAC system was submerged, it’s probably toast. We’re going to focus on the parts of the repair process that we know best: HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical. As we said above, there’s a good chance your HVAC System is pretty much gone. Ground mounted condenser assemblies may have been exposed to flooding. You’ll need to have them inspected for damage inside. Some designs are highly resistant to rain, but flooding will cause electrical shorts that leads to equipment failure. The water itself and any possible contaminants it picked up such as salt can corrode fittings and motors. Your compressor might actually survive, it’s mostly a […]

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Don’t Underestimate a Hurricane

Today’s blog post is once more, early for the pending hurricane in the Carolinas. We will return to your regularly scheduled blogging later next week. Hurricane Florence has weakened to a category 2 storm, but it is no less deadly. It might be worse than if it had remained a category 4 and kept moving.   The Category System There are a lot of factors that go into how strong a storm is. We don’t have an easy system to boil this down to a master deadliness rating. There’s the amount of rain, the storm surge, the wind, the size of it, how long it’s going to impact a given area, and more. If we had a complex system that factored in everything, the average person wouldn’t be able to understand the taxonomy and understand the storm. As a result, we build our hurricane categories on one factor alone: windspeed. We start out with tropical depressions and tropical storms, then work our way up to faster and faster winds, all the way up to roaring 150mph+ category 5 storms. The wind is a predictable, understandable factor. We know the faster the wind gets, the more damage there will be. In some ways, the wind speed is a measure of how much energy is in a storm. This is an understandable set up. You see Category 5 and you know the storm is gonna be a whipping bulldozer that levels everything […]

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How to Prepare for a Hurricane

This week’s blog post is coming out early. We at Procure Inc feel that knowledge can save lives and in times of emergency, the least we can do is spread useful knowledge to anyone in need. Everyone in the path of Hurricane Florence, stay safe and good luck.   How Bad Is The Hurricane? The first thing to know about surviving a hurricane is to know what a hurricane is and just how bad things will get. In a sense, you can think of the hurricane as a tornado about the size of Texas. There will be extreme wind, rain, and flooding. The air is going to move so fast that it will literally rip the roofs off homes. Tree branches, parts of houses, and anything not tied down is going to become airborne. If the wind doesn’t directly hurt you, the debris will, and if the debris doesn’t, significant portions of the state will be underwater. Hurricane Florence is expected to become a Category 5 hurricane. The steady wind speeds will exceed 160 miles per hour. If you had a small airplane, you probably would “hover” if you flew into the wind or even end up flying backwards. There is no stronger category of storm, though there has been consideration for a category 6 to be made. Storms of this size are basically flying bulldozers. Homes will be demolished or washed away. Electrical service will be wiped out. Trees […]

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