How To Prepare for a Hurricane like Harvey or Irma

Satellite image of Hurricane Harvey off the coast.So far in 2017, it’s been a bad year for hurricanes. The category 4 Hurricane Harvey started with destructive high winds and devolved into a tropical storm that flooded huge parts of Texas, including much of Houston. Due to preparation, the loss of life has been relativity low, but the property damage could put it up there near Katrina at an initial unofficial estimate of over 70 billion dollars in damages. At the time of this writing, the next US-bound hurricane, Hurricane Irma, has been upgraded to a category 5 (meaning winds over 157 miles per hour). With both of these in mind, it’s time to learn about what to do if you’ve got a hurricane incoming. [Read more…]

Hurricane Season: Flood Preparation and Recovery Tips

Hurricane Season Sign With Stormy BackgroundHurricanes can cause great damage. Last year alone, there were 15 named storms and 7 hurricanes that raised concern. It’s important to ensure you protect yourself, your family, and your home if a hurricane does occur. A hurricane is considered a strong storm that has high winds, heavy rainfall, potential flooding and much more with hurricane season running from June 1st to November 30th. Is your family fully prepared for an unexpected hurricane and what needs to be done following it? Continue reading to find out. [Read more…]

Spring Ahead and Be Prepared for Spring Flooding

Spring Flooding With spring around the corner, you’ll be looking forward to warmer weather and no more shoveling! However, with warmer weather comes some dangers that you need to watch out for—such as spring flooding. Frozen ground thawing and the rainy season will be the main culprits. The key to reducing flood damage to your property is to take the correct precautions. By following these tips, you could be saving a fortune on repairs and replacing water-damaged property.
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Protecting Your Home from Storm Damage

House in bad summer thunderstormFrom floods to falling trees, ensuring that your home is protected during a storm should be at the top of your list as a homeowner. Each year homeowners spend thousands of dollars on repairs that could have been avoided if their homes were protected properly. The number one reason why repairs can be so costly is that homeowners are often not prepared well enough. There’s a famous quote by Benjamin Franklin stating, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”: when it comes to storm preparation, nothing could closer to the truth. Here are some tips on how to make sure that you will be prepared this upcoming storm season for whatever may come your way! [Read more…]

Causes of Floods: Wintertime

Causes of Floods, TJ Woods Insurance Agency, Worcester, MAWhile most attribute flooding with the summer’s hurricane season or fall’s days of rain, most people don’t think about winter as a time where their homes are subject to flooding and water damage. However, when large quantities of water get locked up as snow and ice, they can cause issues with proper water flow and drainage, as well as a sudden release of that stored water during a snow or ice melt. This article will go over three of the most common sources of flooding and water damage during the winter months. [Read more…]

How to Prepare for a Flood

Hurricane season starts at the beginning of June, and with it comes severe storms and heavy rain. Living by the coast or a body of water increases your risk of flooding. Whether it’s flash floods or minor basement flooding, you don’t want your valuables to be wrecked. Flood damage can be very costly, so you’ll want to make sure your home is prepared in case it starts to fill with water.  [Read more…]