Miami is no stranger to hurricanes, and no I’m not talking about the football team. Although we’ve had a lucky streak lately, you never know when one will return and damage your property. So, the folks here at Centry Air Designs have crafted a safety guide for you when the time comes.
After you get the green light to go home after an evacuation from hurricanes, remember that there are things you should check like:
- Look for gas leaks which could indicate a gas line breach
- Cracks in the foundation, you don’t want your home to collapse on you
- Wiring problems, like shorts in your appliances or downed power lines nearby
- Water & sewage issues that could cause serious illness or death
- Mold or air quality problems
We’ll now look at each of these items in more detail.
Cracks in the Foundation or Roof
One of your first priorities should be to check the stability of your foundation & roof. Is the roof sagging or are there any holes? Well then that’s probably a sign that it could collapse. While we’re experts at air conditioning, we probably can’t fix your roof so make sure to call your local roofing specialist or repairman.
Although there are warnings usually about fallen power lines in your neighborhood, it’s best to check around yourself a little. Don’t touch any frayed wires & if possible turn off any necessary breakers if something seems off. In case of any electrical issues, make sure to call your local electrician.
You don’t have to be hank hill to know the smell of propane & gas. If you smell it, do not enter your home because it might be explosive under certain conditions. Also, if you hear a hissing sound you should probably call your local emergency hotline.
When entering your home, check for soggy floors or water leaks/puddles. Chances are your home’s integrity might be at danger if there an excess of moisture through out. Also, it’s important to note the different colors of water present in your home and what they might mean.
- Clean Water: This might just be water that is flowing from a sink and looks relatively clear. (low danger level)
- Gray Water: More often than not, this is water that’s been contaminated by local water sources like rivers/streams. The gray color indicates the presence of bacteria. (medium danger level)
- Black Water: No brainer here, you don’t want to go anywhere near this water. This water was most likely contaminated by sewage systems & should be avoided at all costs. (high danger level)