It’s Hurricane Season 2021

Preparing for Hurricane Season: Lessons Learned from Hurricanes Harvey

Hurricane season is back and unfortunately, the potential for another disaster like Hurricane Harvey has not gone away. If you live in Houston Texas or anywhere near a hurricane-prone area, it’s important to be prepared with supplies and an evacuation plan. We have learned many lessons from Hurricane Harvey and the flooding and water damage it caused.

Be Prepared

To prepare for a hurricane, we recommend stocking up on at least three days worth of water and food. We also highly suggest that you invest in a NOAA weather radio to receive updates from the National Weather Service should another storm approach your area! Make sure to have reliable communication channels as well so that if disaster does strike, you can reach out for directions and help.

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Below is a list of more ways to prepare for a hurricane so you are ready when the time comes.

  • Waterproof your home by caulking and repairing leaky windows, doors, decks, and even electrical outlets.
  • Fill up bathtubs or other large containers with water in case of an emergency that leaves you without access to clean drinking water.
  • Have at least $500 cash on hand since most banks will not be open during the storm unless they have special evacuation plans available for their customers.


You cannot withdraw money from ATMs if power has been lost! We recommend withdrawing any remaining funds before the storm arrives just in case this happens. Make sure your debit card can work offline. Hopefully, Houston can weather another hurricane season without a disaster like Harvey but we must be prepared for the worst.

A Decision For An Energy-Efficient Roof

Why Metal?

Like pretty much everything else in at Sheepdog Hollow, the 100-year-old farmhouse we’re renovating, the roof needs to be replaced. With decisions now made about what type of windows and front door we’re going to install, it was time to look upward. Moreover, since our goal is to renovate this house as greenly, but also as economically as possible, I began checking out the different roofing options.

Metal Roofing Has A Long Service Life

My first inclination was to go for a metal roof. My grandparent’s 19th-century farmhouse in Meadow TX has one – it’s the original as far as I know. (The farm and home, by the way, are named Lone Jack, because the property was reportedly won in a card game with a lone jack.) The metal roof currently on Monticello, the elegant country home built by Thomas Jefferson in the 18th century, is also tin, restored to look and behave just like the one the great intellect and statesman had installed toward the end of his life.

Green Building

Since ensuring that things last for generations is part of the goal of green building, I was ready to put in a standing seam metal roof, if only for the romance of it. Fortunately, it turns out, the vast majority of roofing materials that qualify for the Energy Star rating – which can help earn you a federal tax credit – also are metal.

The Energy Star Rating

The reason, according to the Energy Star website, is their ability to reflect the sun and keep unwanted heat from entering the house: Why choose ENERGY STAR reflective roofing for your building?

• ENERGY STAR qualified roof products reflect more of the sun’s rays. This can lower roof surface temperature by up to 100F, decreasing the amount of heat transferred into a building.
• ENERGY STAR qualified roof products can help reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings and can reduce peak cooling demand by 10–15 percent.

Americans spend about $40 billion annually to air condition buildings — one-sixth of all electricity generated in this country. The website also has a handy calculator to help estimate how much money installing an energy-efficient roof can save. I was sold, but then I ran smack into Martin’s considerations. He didn’t want a metal roof. “They’re ugly,” he said, “plain and simple.”  “I like plain and simple,” I said, hoping he’d forget the Doric columns I’d insisted on for the side porch. “No, a house like Sheep Dog deserves a cedar roof. It will look beautiful,” he said.


Since I had won the debate about a new front door – with his grudging agreement, we opted for an energy-efficient fiberglass door with foam insulation – I decided to checkout cedar shingles and their green qualifications. It was clear that none of them win any Energy Star points, so I had to look for other sustainable attributes in cedar. Obviously, they’re wood, from a tree, which can be regrown. However, I’d also heard they were far more expensive than regular shingles. I was leery about them. So, I decided that while researching them, I’d also check out other green roofing options. After all my research I came away with the winning opinion. Metal wins hands down! So metal roofing it is.

The Need For Water Damage Restoration

Our Changing Global Weather

Global events have shown that natural disaster recovery is, unfortunately, becoming a necessary part of life for many families and business around the world. Of course, local natural disasters can lead to flooding, excessive water damage and fire hazard requiring the services of fire and water damage restoration contractors.

Water Damage Restoration is Almost Always an Emergency

One dangerous situation that many have experienced recently is rapid flooding. Rapid flooding can lead to the need for both emergency water damage restoration  as well as the complete destruction of property that happens over a short time. For instance, rotting wood, rusting steel, de-laminating materials such as plywood, a broken hose, cracks in a home’s foundation, and plumbing leaks that begin from a natural disaster can also bring about water and even fire damage. Natural disaster recovery is a restoration process that can involve a broad scope of necessary services to return your home or business to an environment that is safe and inhabitable.

Natural Disaster Causes All Sorts of Damage

Natural disaster recovery could involve the restoration of water damage, fire damage, mold remediation, basement cleanup and dry out, water and sewage extraction, complete structural drying, dehumanization, disinfection and sanitization, removal of damaged content, demolition and remodeling, and smoke damage and carpet cleaning. Often, recovery from a natural disaster will require quick and efficient action. The Environmental Protection Agency has specific guidelines on how soon action must be taken to prevent further damage and harm to others.

Water Damage is a Job for Professionals

Though some individuals and business owners will attempt to begin the restoration process on their own, this may lead to additional problems. Someone doing this by themselves might not have the expertise to properly handle the situation, or worse, they might make the damage worse. It is critical that a professional in the field be called in to assist this kind of project. In fact, a professional organization, such as the ATEX Water Damage Restoration, knows how to implement all sorts of recovery procedure from water damage restoration to fire damage recovery to mold remediation and more. Recovery from water and fire damage is a very specialized field that involves knowing how to prevent secondary damage, keep the structure and all its contents from further damage, and most importantly, keep individuals and families safe from harm. Professional organizations, such as Atex Water Damage Restoration, use protective measures, specialized equipment, and specific engineering controls that safely protect you, your family, and your property