The unexpected and unparalleled destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy has left the New York Metropolitan area devastated. Are mega storms the wave of the future? In helping rebuild New York City and Long Island after a natural disaster as treacherous as Hurricane Sandy, homeowners, property owners and building managers must consider the possibility of future super storms causing additional damage to properties being restored now.
Hurricane proof windows, elevation of homes in coastal flooding areas, replacement and restoration of roofing will all help prevent extensive water damage from storms in the future. Be sure to plan for the best possible drainage around your home; maintain and clean the gutters around your house to ensure water stays away from the structure during storms.
Emergency energy planning is also something homeowners might want to consider in rebuilding their homes. Clean water and electricity can be difficult to find after a super storm. Much of the modern design of towns and cities has resulted in power lines being placed above ground. During a hurricane, downed trees, strong winds cause wide spread and long standing power outages. Generators, water filtration systems and even solar power panels are all options that a property owner in the Northeast must now consider.
Located in Queens New York, my office has direct access and experience with building and restoring homes throughout New York City and Long Island.