Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Importance Of Tarps During Disaster


When you think about tarps the first thing that comes to mind is the everyday activities they are used for. Covering cars, canopies from the shade, and storage are just some of the small uses for these items, but they are equipped to handle much harder jobs. It is important to have a few of these items on hand to help with a possible disaster recovery.

Disasters can strike at any time and sometimes without notice. During this time many people rely on tarps to help them in the repair of their property. Hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, straight line winds, and fire are a few of the disasters that can damage your home or other property. With these disasters come a time of recovery that will usually include a need for the polyethylene material.

During the recent tornado event in Alabama there were many thousands of tarps that were used to protect the roofs of homes that were damaged. When looking at aerial views, the paths of the tornadoes were evident by the sea of blue from the tarps used to assist in the recovery. Hurricane Katrina is another disaster that caused for property protection. In this situation many homes needed the protection from flooding and water damage added to the damage of windows and roofs.

The tarps are very useful in this situation because they are treated to be waterproof and UV resistant. Other treatments of the polyethylene material include a resistance to mildew, mold, and rot and in many cases fire resistant. These processes allow for the material to be very durable and flexible after damage to a roof or window has occurred.

When using the tarp after the damage has occurred make sure that you cut it to the right size a secure it tightly to the area. After applying the right sized tarps to the damaged area you can expect the temporary fix to last for approximately 90 days. A tarp is designed to be heavy duty to protect the space in which they cover.

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