Home Repair Joins NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ Initiative

Home Repair Joins NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ Initiative

Home Repair has been recognized as a National Weather Service National Oceanic and Weather Administration (NOAA) Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™. The initiative recognizes NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather, water and climate events. As a WRN Ambassador, Home Repair is committed to work with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather.

“As we’ve seen many weather events and disasters here across the northeast, it’s important to be prepared. We’re pleased NOAA recognizes our commitment to promoting preparedness and we’re proud to serve as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador.”

- Tony Silva, CEO of Home Repair, LLC

The purpose of the WRN program is to prepare local communities for extreme weather, water and climate events. This initiative is part of NOAA’s mission to save lives and property by providing critical environmental intelligence, including weather forecasts and warnings, to its partners and the general public. 

As a WRN Ambassador, Home Repair will continue to provide weather monitoring, preparedness messages and themes to our customers; collaborate with NOAA on events and outreach opportunities; share success stories of preparedness and resiliency; and continue to serve as a change agent and leader in partnership with NOAA.

About Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador

The Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) Ambassador™ is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to strengthen partnerships with external organizations toward building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events. Learn more at www.weather.gov/wrn.com

About Home Repair, LLC

Home Repair, LLC is a licensed, accredited leader in roofing repairs and replacements, siding, gutters, maintenance, storm damage restoration and solar panel roofing installation. With over 30 years of experience, Home Repair helps property owners restore their property, “Back To Beautiful”. Home Repair is committed to utilizing the best materials and latest technology to provide the most advanced level of service. Whether damaged, destroyed, or just tired, Home Repair provides full-scope, comprehensive property inspections. Home Repair proudly serves homeowners with repairs throughout Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia. We provide solar roofing installation to property owners nationwide.

5 Tips to Prepare for Tornado Season

5 Tips to Prepare for Tornado Season

Last Updated: March 24, 2022

It’s Tornado Awareness Month! Tornadoes are among the most destructive, costly, and unpredictable natural hazards. Spring is considered tornado season for much of the U.S., but tornadoes can occur any time of the year, and can also be spawned by hurricanes passing through. On average, 1,200 tornadoes, some with wind speeds as high as 300 mph, occur annually throughout the U.S. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), the 2021 season saw 1,376 tornado reports. Tornadoes and related storms result in approximately $17 billion worth of damage across the U.S. on average each year.

Tornadoes Can Happen Anywhere!

You may be familiar with the terms “Tornado Alley” and “Dixie Alley”, areas in the Great Plains and Deep South that get hit year after year with a high number of tornadoes. It’s important to remember that tornadoes can happen and have been reported in all fifty states! 

In Maryland, the most common time of year for tornadoes to occur is April through November, and averages about 10 per year. Tornadoes occur most frequently April through June in Pennsylvania, averaging 16 tornadoes per year. New Jersey averages around 4 tornadoes a year, with higher occurrences between July-November. Virginia averages 18 tornadoes a year, with more tornadoes from April through September. It’s important to remember that tornadoes can happen at any time of year and any time of day.

What to Do Before a Tornado

Although there is nothing anyone can do to prevent them, there are plenty of things you can do to prepare.

Tips to Be Prepared for Tornado & Storm Season

  1. Develop an Emergency Plan: Develop your emergency plan, communication plan, know the warning signs and how to monitor tornado watches and warnings.  
  2. Check Your Insurance Policy: Ensure you have adequate coverage and read the fine print at least once a year so you fully understand your policy, deductibles, and exclusions. 
  3. Monitor & Download Local and National Weather Apps and Alerts: Set up Wireless Emergency Alerts on your mobile phone. Ensure you have easy access to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or TV for the warning information. Public Warning Sirens are used in many towns to warn people of tornadoes. Know the difference between tornado watches and warnings.
  4. Routine Maintenance: Get routine roof and exterior inspections to ensure your property, roofing and structural elements are sound and secure.
  5. Vetted Contractors: Have a list of preferred contractors available, including a general contractor, roofing contractor, electrician, plumber, and a water/flood remediation company.

It’s very difficult to see a tornado unless it forms a condensation funnel made up of water droplets, dust and debris. Coming on with little notice and deadly winds, tornadoes can be among the most destructive of all storms.

Know the Difference Between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning

5 Tips to Prepare for Tornado Season

A Tornado Watch is issued when a tornado is possible. A Tornado Warning happens when a tornado is already occurring or will occur soon. Take shelter immediately! 

What to Do After a Tornado

  1. Don’t enter the property until the emergency personnel has given the go-ahead. Check the people around you for injuries.
  2. Check the utility lines and appliances for damage. If you smell gas, open the windows and turn off the main valve. Don’t turn on lights or appliances until the gas has dissipated. Stay clear of fallen power lines or broken utility lines. Be aware of leaking gas pipes or fuel tanks nearby.  
  3. Before you start trying to clean up, take photos and video footage of your home, business, and belongings for your insurance claim. 
  4. Contact an expert, licensed contractor for a free inspection and damage assessment. professionally restore your property. Check out our article, 9 Tips to Choose a Quality Contractor
  5. Call your insurance agent to open an insurance claim. 

Rating Tornadoes

The Enhanced Fujita Scale or EF Scale below assigns a ‘rating’ based on estimated wind speeds and related damage. Given our technology today, reporting provides amazing accuracy and details. National Weather Service meteorologists can also estimate a tornado’s peak gust based on assessments of the damage left behind. 

5 Tips to Prepare for Tornado Season

Tornado Stats By State

Check out NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) for your historic storm information.   

Maryland 

New Jersey

Pennsylvania

Virginia

Storm Damage? Contact Home Repair, LLC For a Free Inspection!

As a licensed general contractor with over 30 years of experience, we provide property damage restoration, storm damage repairs, roofing and construction after major storm events. Although tornadoes provide us with the least amount of warning, knowing what to do is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your property. Home Repair LLC proudly serves homeowners, businesses and commercial properties in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. 

10 Reasons to Go Solar

10 Reasons to Go Solar

Solar panel roofing is a hot topic right now, and there’s never been a better time to go solar! Demand for solar is high throughout the U.S. It provides a plethora of benefits for your pocketbook and the planet. Installation costs are at an all-time low, with many financing options available. We currently have major tax incentives that offset installation costs. Solar technology, panel aesthetics and design have grown leaps and bounds in the last decade. Solar energy is a clean, inexpensive, renewable power source. Solar panels are designed to harness the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity. Scholars and scientists predict that the sun’s energy will be the largest source of electricity by 2050. Whether you’d like to switch to solar for economic, environmental, personal reasons, or all of the above, there are many benefits of installing a solar system.

1. Say Goodbye to Crazy Electric Bills

One of the main reasons property owners are opting for solar is to save big on monthly utility bills. The typical household in the U.S. spends more than $2,000 a year on energy bills, with the biggest share of energy use in electricity. Even if you don’t produce 100% of the energy you consume, solar still cuts a major dent in your utility bills. As utility rates continue to rise, your savings from going solar will continue to grow each year. With Solar Panel Roofing, you can easily produce free power from the sun and eliminate your monthly electric usage charges from your local utility. (The utility companies always charge a base service charge, no matter what.)

2. Affordable Installation Costs & Flexible Financing Options

The cost of solar has come down enormously in the last decade! There’s never been a better time to go solar. Installation ranges in cost depending on a number of factors, including the size of the system, the location and the type of equipment you want. For example, the price of a 6-kW system is around $13,000, after applying the 26% solar tax credit. That’s almost a 80% decrease from what it was 10 years ago. Solar panel roofing systems are now much more affordable and come with a variety of financing options available. Since solar energy is essentially free, the system also pays for itself and saves you massive money on your electricity bills!

3. Major Tax Advantages

In order to encourage more consumers to go solar, the federal government offers great tax incentives. By having a solar roofing system installed, you receive a tax credit for your home or business. You could be eligible for a 26% tax credit for your home or a 30% tax credit for your business!

4. Increase Your Property Value

Solar roofing is increasingly becoming a major incentive when it comes to increasing your property value. Solar pays for itself by increasing the value of your home. A Zillow study found that homes with solar panels sold for 4.1% more on average than similar homes without solar power. Based on median-valued homes, going solar adds an extra $9,274 to the property value of an average home. The affordability makes it more attractive for buyers. A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy and National Energy Laboratory (NREL) also found that homes with solar panels boast a much higher price tag. 

According to a CNBC report, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland offer the highest solar premiums in the country! In New Jersey, homes with solar panels can sell for nearly 10% more than non-solar homes. That is a profit of $32,281 for the median-valued home. Pennsylvania follows at 5%, and Maryland at 4%.

5. Increase Your Curb Appeal

Worried about what the panels will look like? This is one of the top inquiries we receive. We have great news for you! Solar panels are no longer the ugly duckling of renewable energy. Solar panel design and installation processes have come a long way. With a variety of options, today’s panels integrate seamlessly with the design and aesthetic of your home. 

6. Guaranteed Performance

Solar panel manufacturers include a 20- to 25-year warranty (also known as a performance guarantee) with their solar panels. The industry standard guarantees 80% performance after 25 years. The real lifespan of solar panels is much longer – your solar panels will likely generate a decent amount of electricity 30-40 years down the line.

7. Extends Roof Lifespan

Solar panels extend the life of your roof by protecting it from elements including rain, snow and debris. The panels also make your home more energy-efficient in the summer because the hot sun isn’t directly beating down on the roof directly, keeping your home temperature lower and lightening the effort and workload on your HVAC system. 

8. Low Maintenance

Solar systems are easy to maintain, extremely durable and don’t require maintenance for several years. Once installed, you can expect reliable service from a licensed professional. All Home Repair solar systems come with a 25-year warranty. You can feel safe knowing your roof is covered for a long time.  

9. Protect The Environment

Saving energy is an obvious win-win. Installing solar power systems is a step forward for a cleaner environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the electric sector accounts for 25% of America’s carbon emissions. Lower your carbon footprint and gain peace of mind from knowing you’re helping the environment. A typical residential solar panel system will eliminate three to four TONS of carbon emissions each year, the equivalent to planting over 100 trees annually. By installing a solar system, you’ll be taking advantage of an eco-friendly way to make your property more energy efficient.

10. Create More Jobs

Going solar contributes to jobs, which helps boost the economy. Employment of solar installers is projected to grow 52% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. According to The Solar Foundation’s annual Solar Job Census, the solar industry in 2020 employed over a quarter-million people

Make a Difference Today. Contact the Experts at Home Repair.

As a licensed general contractor with over 30 years of experience, our expert team at Home Repair is committed to providing you with a solid array of solar options and financing to fit your goals and budget. We carry industry-leading accreditations and provide expert workmanship. Generate your own electricity and step into a clean, green future.

Flood Safety Month: Preparedness Tips Before, During & After a Flood

Flood Safety Month: Preparedness Tips Before, During & After a Flood

Last Updated: March 3, 2022

It’s Flood Safety Awareness Month! Flooding accounts for 90% of all natural disasters in the U.S., and can cause more damage than any other weather-related or storm event. Nearly every day, flooding happens somewhere in the country. It’s important to be aware of what to do before, during and after a flood!

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in Pennsylvania and the most frequent natural hazard in New Jersey, destroying thousands of homes and businesses and costing billions of dollars each year. Only 3% of Virginians have flood insurance, although Virginia officials estimate that 1 inch of water in a home can cause upwards of $25,000 in damages. According to Maryland officials, there is no such thing as a “flood proof” area; any area can flood, even high ground.  

According to the NOAA, flooding is one of the most damaging types of natural disasters in the U.S.. NOAA’s recent analysis of major disasters since 1980 found that inland flooding accounted for $150 billion in damage during major disasters. 

It’s important to be prepared, no matter where you live. 

FLOOD PREPAREDNESS

1. Know Your Risk

Find out whether your home and/or business is in a flood-prone or high-risk area with FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center. Last June, the first-ever public evaluation of flood risk by First Street Foundation, a research and technology nonprofit, found that that federal maps underestimate the number of homes and businesses in significant flood danger by 67%. You can also get a second opinion and find out your flood risk score at www.FloodFactor.com.   

2. Create A Plan

Ensure that you have an evacuation and emergency readiness plan and communicate it with family, friends, staff and your business associates. Check out FEMA’s Family Communication Plan and the FEMA Business Plan

3. Business Continuity Plan

If you’re a business owner, it’s important that your company is prepared and ready with a plan to communicate, streamline operations and manage workflow in the event of a major storm or weather event. More than 40% of businesses never reopen after a disaster, 25% will close after a year, and 75% without a business continuity plan will fail, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Don’t be a statistic! 

4. Get Flood Insurance

If it can rain, it can flood. Just a few inches of water from a flood can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Standard insurance policies do not cover flooding. Flood coverage is provided by the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program. Flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect, so it’s important to have it before you need it.

5. Gather Emergency Supplies

Create an emergency kit including battery or solar-operated radio, flashlights, extra batteries, first aid kit, food and water, cash and credit cards, medications, and pet supplies. Check out FEMA’s recommended supplies checklist.

6. Know the Difference Between a Flash Flood Warning and a Flash Flood Watch

A Flash Flood Warning occurs when flooding is currently happening or is going to happen soon. Take immediate action! A Flash Flood Watch happens when a flood is possible. It’s important to follow news from your local weather apps, stations and local officials. 

Flood Warning vs Flood Watch

7. Protect Your Home and/or Business

Know where your valves are if you need to turn off gas, water and electricity. Disconnect appliances and equipment. Store valuables and important documents in a waterproof safe. If you live in an area that has a high flood risk, elevate the water heater, furnace and electric panel. Seal basement walls with waterproofing compounds. As a preventative measure, you may want to install “check valves” to mitigate flood water from backing up into your drains. You can also use stoppers or large corks as a last resort to plug tubs and showers.  

8. Evacuate If Necessary

If you need to leave, do so well in advance. It takes six inches of fast-moving flood water to sweep an adult off of their feet. Just 12-18 inches can sweep away most vehicles in floodwaters.  Avoid driving or walking across flooded roads if there’s heavy rains. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common flood deaths occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous floodwater. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

When flooded turn around don't drown

9. Stay Informed

Follow updates your local officials. Visit Ready.Gov Alerts and check out local weather updates and alerts. The FEMA app includes safety tips and alerts.  

10. After the Flood

  1. When it’s safe and cleared by local officials and emergency management personnel, you can return to assess. Make sure the power is off. Remember, floodwaters can contain harmful bacteria and contaminants. Wear protective gear including gloves, masks and waterproof boots. 
  2. Before you cleanup, take photos and/or video footage of your property, as well as your belongings. This will help support your insurance claim. 
  3. Get in touch with a licensed restoration contractor to professionally manage the cleanup. This is essential to ensure dry-out and water removal processes are performed to industry standards, protect your property, and to prevent further damage and mold. 
  4. Contact your insurance agent to get started with your insurance claim. 

About Home Repair, LLC

With over 30 years of experience, Home Repair LLC is a licensed general contractor providing water and storm damage restoration services throughout Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Our mission is to help you get your property restored better than before. We provide the highest level of expertise, integrity, value, and service every step of the way.