Dramatic weather changes and natural disasters can impact the health of our homes. When weather events occur, ensuring the safety and well-being of your family and home is at the forefront of your mind. The number of recorded natural disasters has continued to increase over the last 100 years with 7 occurring in 1918 compared to 282 in 2018. While preparation is important, having the right tools to cope with the aftermath can make a difference as well.
In many parts of the United States flooding is a major concern during rainy season and hurricane season. During 2005, the city of New Orleans was completely flooded from Hurricane Katrina coming through and dumping massive amounts of rain, causing the levees to break. This past spring, the Midwest saw incredible flooding as well.
Once the flood water recedes from events like these, people are left wondering how to deal with water damaged homes or excessive moisture and odors. Depending on the severity of the damage, a quality dehumidifier can assist with excess moisture removal from homes and other buildings. Damp-smelling odors often accompany water damage which can be removed by an air purification system. Many air purifiers are stand-alone and don’t require duct work, making them good for homeowners needing to get their homes back in order.
In 2018, wildfires destroyed the homes of many people living in California and other parts of the west. Thousands of people were evacuated and when they returned, many discovered that their homes were gone. Unfortunately, even people that weren’t in areas impacted directly by the wildfires still found themselves with poor air quality.
In cases where evacuation isn’t mandatory, but air pollution is still a problem, air purification systems are often helpful for indoor air quality improvement. Air purifiers are made for varying size spaces, so double checking square footage is important before purchasing one. Multiple air purifiers may be required to properly clean the air in your home.
Natural Disaster Home Recovery
Recovering from a natural disaster is time intensive and often emotionally draining. Getting back into your home is only a portion of the hurdles most people have to jump. Dealing with the damage done to your home is another portion that can take a long time. The right tools can make a difference. Dehumidifiers, air purifiers, and more come in a variety of sizes and strengths to suit your home’s needs.