SOUTH FLORIDA is no stranger to hurricanes. Although we have had a lucky streak lately, you never know when one will return and damage your property. At CENTRY AIR DESIGNS we have crafted a HURRICANE 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, such as:
- Look for gas leaks which could indicate a gas line breach
- Cracks in the foundation
- Wiring problems, like shorts in your appliances or downed power lines nearby
- Water and sewage issues that could cause serious illness or death
- Mold or air quality problems
We will 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 and 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 usually warnings about fallen power lines in your neighborhood, it’s best to check around yourself a little. Don’t touch any frayed wires and 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 and 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 is an excess of moisture throughout. 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 and should be avoided at all costs. (High danger level.)
For information on current disturbances, please visit:
National Hurricane Center