Southwest Property Owners Urged to Take Steps Now to Prevent Water Damage from Developing El Niño
The insurance claims experts at Hudson Douglas Public Adjusters provide tips to prepare a property for heavy rain and snow from the coming El Niño.
Mesa, AZ -- Every two to seven years, a particularly warm area of water develops in the central and east-central equatorial region of the Pacific Ocean. The condition is known as El Niño and it not only impacts the ocean, but also changes weather patterns on land across the globe.
In the United States, El Niño is typically associated with warm conditions in the northern states and cooler weather in the much of the southern region of the country during the winter months. Precipitation patterns are also impacted with drier than average winter conditions often forming over the northern tier of the country while the Southwest can usually expect much wetter than average conditions.
“This year’s El Niño is already developing to be one of the strongest ever recorded,” said Tom Allen of Hudson Douglas Public Adjusters, LLC. “Weather forecasters believe it will result in heavy precipitation this winter that will likely cause widespread property damage to parts of the Southwest.”
To prevent property damage due to El Niño, now is the time for property managers and owners to inspect the condition of their home or commercial property and make preparations for what is forecast to be an exceptionally wet winter. The insurance claims and building science professionals at Hudson Douglas Public Adjusters suggest the following actions to minimize or prevent water damage. They include the following:
- Make sure the building’s exterior, siding, doors and windows are weather tight.
- Check roofing materials, shingles or roof tiles to make sure they are in good condition to handle the extra rain or snow.
- Remove leaves and obstructions from gutters and downspouts and ensure that water is draining away from the building.
- Inspect sump pumps to ensure they are working properly.
- Check chimneys, sky lights and roof exhaust pipes to ensure they are properly sealed.
Properties that are impacted by floodwaters are often contaminated with chemicals and harmful microorganisms. Even those impacted by relatively clean rainwater or melting snow can not only suffer damaged or destroyed building materials and personal belongings, but the moisture can allow for the growth of mold in less than 48 hours in many circumstances.
For people in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico that do experience property damage to their homes or businesses from this year’s El Niño, the professionals at Hudson Douglas Public Adjusters are here to help. Their team of insurance claims experts will comprehensively document any damages and then negotiate and handle any issues that arise with the claim. This provides the policyholder with the peace of mind that no damages were overlooked and that they will receive the most accurate insurance settlement possible. They also recently sponsored an educational video about preventing water damage and mold growth due to El Niño that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/o1_NhaXam94
To learn more about how the licensed public adjusters at Hudson Douglas can settle insured property claims quickly and for the fair maximum value, please visit www.HudsonDouglasPublicAdjusters.com, email claims@HudsonDouglas.com or call (800) 898-4290.
About Hudson Douglas Public Adjusters, LLC
With more than 50 years of experience in the construction and disaster restoration industries, the founders of Hudson Douglas Public Adjusters provide policy holders with professional representation to efficiently manage and settle insured claims. Hudson Douglas’ public adjusters are licensed to offer these services to residential and commercial customers in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.