Water Damage Miami Warnings: What to do when Godzilla Attacks
From the Epic of Gilgamesh to the Biblical flood in Genesis, there have been some pretty monumental flood tales in our Western civilization that tell of water damage disasters so massive that it seems nearly impossible to fathom the extent of the havoc. Then there is Godzilla—the Japanese monster created in the early 1950s to stand as a metaphor for the damage left behind after the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Though various films differ slightly on Godzilla’s origin, he is generally portrayed as a violent, enraged sea monster awakened and empowered by nuclear radiation. Considering the 2011 Tohoku earthquake that caused a massive tsunami that destroyed a nuclear power plant that unleashed so much radiation into the sea that traces washed up as far away as California, it is no shock that Godzilla is once again emerging from the cinematic waters via the newest Hollywood Godzilla movie hitting theatres May 16, 2014. But is it “just a movie”, or is there a chance that the giant sea creature could actually appear storming the beaches of Florida like some prophesized doomsday nightmare? If any Godzilla attacks are ever confirmed, one thing will be certain: you will need a licensed water damage restoration company on hand to pump gallons of water from your crawl space and living room floor.
What Should I do if my Home Floods?
If Godzilla becomes enraged over a government missile sticking his cheek like a pesky spider bite, he may stomp his feet off shore and cause 100 foot waves to flood all of Miami in which there is really nothing you can do to prevent a home flood. Whether such a scenario happens, or you experience a pipe burst while away at a Marlins game only to return to a flooded room, you will need to make sure no more water is entering the home. Start by turning off the main water valve and then shut off the electricity to prevent a spark from flying. You might be surprised, but even the rainiest storms can cause fires that later require a fire damage company to step in and make restorations. The next step is to move your furniture and other possessions to dry parts of the home while the water damage company is on the way. If indeed Godzilla is kicking over hotels and stomping on beach-side bars, you may want to flee headed inland to an area with lots of vegetation and trees, as Godzilla has historically been known to keep his disastrous antics confined to cities where moving vehicles and bright lights keep him occupied.
How can I Prevent Storm Damage?
You can prevent storm damage by taking some offensive measures in preparedness. If a hurricane is predicted, or there has been a Godzilla sighting a few hundred miles off shore, you can sandbag your property and board up your windows to prevent flood water from corrupting your property. If your home sits close to the shore, having a retaining wall built will help in preventing storm water from slapping up against your home. If Godzilla is indeed making his way towards shore, turn off all your lights, especially holiday lights on the house if the attack happens in December. Godzilla grows incredibly angry over lights and may target your home as a result.
At the end of the day, fear not; Godzilla would have to take a long detour to destroy Miami, as Los Angeles is a straight shot and a much closer journey for him to make. However, the Miami city skyline is much brighter and bustling than the Los Angeles one, and that in itself may give the sea monster enough reason to circle around the Gulf, flood the Keys, and come up on the east face of Florida ready to cause some pretty severe water damage across the Miami area.