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4 Critical Steps for Roof Damage and Water Damage Mitigation

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

Water damaged houses seen from above. Follow these Steps and avoid Water Damage in your Property.

The roof over your home is in a precarious location. It often takes the brunt of everything from high winds to heavy rains to hail and snow. It is not surprising that roof damage is common after a powerful storm. When this happens, your home in Pueblo, CO, is even more exposed to the elements and quick action needs to be taken. Failure to act could result in another storm sweeping in and pouring water onto the interior of your residence.

To secure your home after an extreme weather event, it is important to get professional help. Working with a storm damage restoration company in your area is a smart choice, particularly if you have gaps in the roof or extensive damage to shingles. A local franchise can arrive quickly and begin to secure your exposed home with appropriate actions.

Important steps to avoid Water and Roof Damage.

1. Roof Tarping Services

The first step could be putting a waterproof barrier in the form of a tarp over your house. This will prevent additional wind damage and keep moisture from ruining carpeting, furniture, personal belongings and insulation. It will place a barrier over your home until more permanent repairs can be made. Erecting a tarp over a home is an inherently risky job so it is best left to professionals who will follow critical safety protocols and use suitable equipment.

2. Roof Damage Inspection

When looking at the roof after storm damage, trained workers will make sure everyone in the home is safe. This could include asking your family to vacate the premises for a time. Other steps could include making sure electrical hazards are addressed and contacting the power company to repair downed power lines. The initial roof inspection will be done from the ground for safety purposes. Only when the roof is deemed safe, will the inspection proceed to go up on the roof.

3. Restoration and Rebuild

Wind damage to shingles and the tearing off of roof boards will require construction services. The goal is to restore the roof to its original condition so it can once again protect your home during extreme weather. A successful job includes completing the roof mitigation on time and within budget. It allows your family to move back into the home and feel secure. A quality construction contractor will coordinate with your insurance company to expedite the claims process.

4. Water Damage Assessment

As roof repairs proceed, workers will also need to inspect the home for signs of water damage. Any standing water will need to be removed from the home and drying equipment will be necessary to remove excess moisture. The severity of the damage determines the most appropriate steps to take. If structural damage has occurred, a remediation and construction plan will be communicated to the homeowner. You should be informed of all steps along the way, and you will not need to be in the home at all times while repairs are being made.

It is an unfortunate event when roof damage exposes your home to the elements. With the proper steps, though, your home can be restored to its original condition.

SERVPRO Is Faster to Any Size Disaster

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

Stopwatch showing seconds We arrive Faster to Any Size Disaster. For more Information, just contact us.

When disaster strikes you need a restoration team that can begin work immediately. SERVPRO can serve more than 90% of the zip codes in the United States in under two hours, making us faster to any size disaster.

SERVPRO Helps Close Your Insurance Claim Fast

There are several ways SERVPRO helps insurance professionals complete claims fast:

1. Locations Near Most Customers

We have over 1,900 locations in the United States and Canada. No matter where your customers in Pueblo, CO, are located, chances are we can get a restoration professional to them in under two hours.

2. Always Available

An emergency can happen at any time, so you need a restoration company that is always ready to respond. SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7 to provide immediate assistance.

3. Highly Trained Professionals

We have more than 50 years of experience in the restoration industry and all of our professionals are highly trained. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification-approved training facility provides training for new professionals and franchisees, continuing education and training for insurance professionals.

4. One Stop Shop

Most disasters cause more than one kind of damage. Our team is trained to perform restoration for water, fire and storm damage. We can also find and remove mold and provide tarp and board-up service. SERVPRO provides specialty cleaning, air duct/HVAC cleaning and biohazard and crime scene cleaning. Additionally, we can restore documents, remove odors, vandalism and graffiti and clean carpets and upholstery.

5. Competitive Advantage

Our quick and effective services help insurance companies also be faster to any size disaster. When you use SERVPRO, you will enjoy lower claims costs, increased customer satisfaction and lower loss ratios. This gives you an advantage over your competition and helps you retain customers.

6. Customer Focus

Our goal is to restore your customers to preloss condition as quickly as possible. Happy customers mean fewer headaches for insurance companies.

7. Lower Costs

We know that restoring property costs less money than replacing it. We work hard to ensure that all property that can be restored is restored.

8. Trusted Vendors

We work with vendors on your behalf so that you don't have to. We only work with the best vendors in the industry so you never have to worry about subpar work.

9. Guaranteed Quality

All of our work is backed by a two-year labor and one-year materials warranty. If our work fails to meet your reasonable expectations, we will do it again at no additional cost for up to two years.

10. Dedicated Insurance Team

We have a dedicated team whose only focus is keeping our insurance customers happy. We keep the lines of communication open so that any time you have a concern, we are always available to address it.

11. Industry-Leading Standards

We make sure our high standards are always met by conducting internal audits. Only franchisees who meet our more than 21 requirements get insurance referrals. SERVPRO takes meeting the needs of insurance clients and their customers seriously.

No matter how large or small the job, we are prepared to demonstrate why we are faster to any size disaster.

Smoke Cleanup Methods

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke and Fire damaging a property Our Professionals have Smoke Cleanup Methods that can Help you Avoid Further Damage.

Anything that flames touch when your building in Pueblo, CO, catches fire can cause immense structural damage. That's not the only thing that happens, though. Smoke can infiltrate not only the area where the fire is actually located but also any space where the air around it can reach. It can even go so far as the building next door!

There are several ways that fire damage restoration experts can incorporate smoke cleaning during remediation.

Ways to proceed as regards Smoke Cleanup

Ozone Treatment

One method of getting rid of smoke and its telltale smell is through an ozone treatment. Technicians use a machine that creates ozone molecules much like the ones generated during a thunderstorm to naturally clean the air. They attach to smoke particles and destroy them. The treatment process is fairly straightforward:

  • Seal off the space receiving treatment.
  • Plug in the ozone machine and turn it on.
  • Allow the machine to run for 3-6 hours.
  • Let the room air out as the ozone settles.

It is not advisable to use ozone around people. The gas it creates is unstable, so the space will need to be vacated before the smoke damage treatment begins. However, in a relatively short amount of time, the odor will dissipate. Then the mitigation team can move back in to test and confirm that the treatment was successful.

Smoke Odor Filtration

Sometimes the only smoke cleaning a room needs is air purification. This is especially true in spaces adjacent to where the fire actually took place. Technicians use an industrial air filtration device with HEPA filters that process the air in the space and remove particles directly from it as it flows through the machine. Because it doesn't create any new molecules or chemicals, it is acceptable to use even in spaces that are populated.

Thermal Fogging

No matter how well technicians sanitize each surface, stubborn smoke odor can still linger. Smoke can travel anywhere the air goes, which means it gets into every crack and crevice that it can. This is particularly true while the fire rages and high temperatures make it easier for particles to permeate everything in their path.

A thermal fogger essentially recreates the conditions that are present during the fire. Instead of smoke, though, it spreads a deodorizer to all the areas where the damage reaches. No matter how small the cracks are in the space, the fog does a thorough job of soaking in. The cleansing chemicals neutralize the smoke and thus the smell that results from it. After the space is aired out, the odor is gone.

You can completely remove damaged structural elements and rebuild the ruined parts of your building after a fire, but if the mitigation team doesn't also take the time to get rid of the smoke issues, the odor is likely to linger. After assessing the problem, qualified technicians can choose the method that is best for getting rid of it. Smoke cleaning allows your building to smell as fresh as it looks at the end of the restoration process.

Why SERVPRO Is a Preferred Vendor

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

Photo of an Insurance Office. Let SERVPRO be your Preferred Vendor, and Avoid Damage in your Property.

As an insurance agent, you must balance the needs of your customer with the needs of your company. SERVPRO helps you do this by providing excellent service at an affordable price.

SERVPRO Vendor Program

We only use vendors that have met our rigorous standards. This is why we are the preferred vendor of many insurance companies.

Customer Satisfaction

Our top priority is making sure your customers are satisfied. We work hard to accomplish this in several ways:

  • Limiting damage
  • Restoring property quickly
  • Restoring instead of replacing

We know that speed is important for avoiding additional damage and helping get customers back into their homes as quickly as possible. Our more than 1,900 locations in Pueblo, CO, and across the United States and Canada are prepared to respond quickly any time of the day or night. We also save you money by restoring property instead of replacing it.

Industry-Leading Training

All of our local professionals are trained on IICRC standards for fire and water cleanup and restoration. Our state-of-the-art IICRC-approved training facility provides continuing education for our service professionals.

Guaranteed Quality Work

We provide a two-year labor and one-year materials warranty on all our work. If our work fails to meet your reasonable expectations, we will fix it for free for up to two years.

Quick Response Time

As an insurance agent, we know that you have a lot of claims to handle. Our team will always respond promptly and will work with vendors so that you don't have to.

National Accounts Division

We have a team of marketing professionals dedicated to maintaining our relationships with insurance companies. The purpose of this division is to increase the satisfaction levels of both our insurance customers and the people they insure. We accomplish this by following guidelines that include internal audits for quality insurance.

We take steps to maintain transparent communication between our professionals and insurance agents and adjusters. We run a background check on all of our local employees, including temporary employees, and we provide completed job files as proof of work. Our account managers can guide you through the restoration process and answer any questions you have.

Performance Guidelines

To make sure you can be confident in our work, we have established performance guidelines. We provide thorough documentation of all claims. All of our locations must agree to 21 requirements to qualify to receive insurance referrals. We use the correct equipment and drying validation, per IICRC standards, on every job. We provide metrics to demonstrate high levels of customer satisfaction and performance.

History of Success

Our company began in 1967 as a painting contractor. We launched our first cleaning business in 1969. We achieved our first ranking in Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500 in 1980 and we have been the #1 restoration service company on that list since 2003. We opened our National Training Center in 1992 and our 1,000th franchise in 2000.

SERVPRO is an industry leader for a reason. As an insurance agent, you can count on us to provide fast, high-quality service, while keeping costs as low as possible for you and your customer.

The Most Important Steps After a Partial Fire Loss

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

A professional advising on Fire Damage Partial Fire Loss have many important Steps to Follow.

The common image of a large business fire is one that burns down the entire structure, leaving only a few smoldering ashes and a vacant lot. Most fires, though, do not result in a total loss of property, but instead only impact part of the company. This fire loss could also involve such things as smoke and soot damage, as well as damage from fire suppression techniques.

When dealing with a partial loss fire, the company must deal with two important elements. The first is the cleanup from a qualified fire restoration service in Pueblo, CO. This business will work through the damage in an orderly fashion and seek to repair, replace and restore damaged items. In some cases, a restoration of an item will be more cost-effective, while other scenarios will call for a replacement of a damaged item.

The goal is always to restore the business as quickly and efficiently as possible. There is also a concern for the overall cost of the cleanup and restoration process.

A Partial Fire Loss and Insurance

The second critical element of a commercial fire involves working with the insurance company. This is often done in coordination with the cleanup service. In the best of worlds, the cleanup company will provide accurate documentation of such things as smoke damage to the insurance provider, and this will make the claims process run more smoothly.

Part of the process involves a thorough inspection of the damage. Depending upon the scope of the fire, this could mean looking at everything from structural and electrical damage to harm to furniture, lighting, computer equipment and documents. Companies should watch out for their own interests and make sure insurance adjusters do not miss any of the following damages:

  • Hidden damage that is not automatically obvious
  • Cleanup procedures that do not follow industry standards
  • Repairs that do not match the quality of the original construction

The fire restoration and the insurance process should be orderly and professional, but each situation after a fire is different. If the fire is part of a larger disaster, it might be difficult for a company to find the necessary personnel to do the work. The company could also be demoted to a lower priority as emergency crews become busy with other projects, including the saving of life and limb.

Restoration and Insurance

At some point, the cleanup will focus on damaged items that can be restored to good shape again. This saves both the insurance company and the business time and money. A professional fire cleanup company has many tools at its disposal to restore items. This includes cleaning soot from walls, ceiling and flooring, as well as removing it from personal items.

The process also involves cleaning and sanitizing with a variety of techniques embraced by industry leaders. Industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment can remove odors that cling to some items. In most cases, the insurance company should pay for these services.

A partial fire loss has many moving parts and can be a challenge for a company. Things tend to run more smoothly when the cleanup company and insurance work together after a fire.

Flushing Your Water Heater: Six Simple Steps

4/9/2022 (Permalink)

 An Owner trying to fix a Water Heater Learn More about Water Heaters by following these Simple Steps.

The water heater in your Pueblo, CO, home is a hard-working appliance that ensures you have pleasantly warm water for showers and hot water for washing clothes and dishes. If you're like most people, you probably don't know how much you love this appliance until it isn't working correctly.

The first time you're forced to rush through a cold shower, the heater will jump to the top of your home maintenance list.

The Importance of Flushing the Water Heater

As water flows through the heating tank, sediment and buildup collect and clump together. This takes up space in the tank, reducing the amount of water that flows through. It reduces efficiency and eventually causes damage to the tank. Flushing the heater prevents several common issues:

  • Total loss of heated water
  • Inconsistent hot water
  • Decreased water pressure
  • Leaks from the water heater tank
  • Smelly water from bacterial growth
  • Banging from the heater

The good news is that you can perform a water heater flush every year with minimal inconvenience and a few tools that you probably already have on hand.

Step 1: Shut Off the Power

Whether you have an electric unit or a gas-powered appliance, you need to shut the unit down completely. A gas appliance probably has both gas and electricity to shut off. This step is crucial to your safety and the safety of anyone else in your home.

Step 2: Open the Hot Water Line and Turn Off the Cold Water

When you turn on the hot water, the water won't be hot, but the flowing water prevents air bubbles from forming in the system. Shutting the cold water valve to the heater stops water from getting into the unit while you're working.

Step 3: Attach a Hose to the Heater Spigot

Look at the bottom of the tank or heater unit for a faucet like a spigot used on the exterior of your house. Place a bucket under the spigot and attach a garden hose to contain the outflowing water. Make sure your bucket or container is large enough to hold all of the water that comes out of the heater.

Step 4: Drain the Heater Tank

Turn on the spigot and let the water drain out. Dark-colored water full of sediment is an indication of trouble. If solid chunks are coming through the hose, you should contact a professional to check for more significant trouble.

Step 5: Run Cold Water Through the Unit

When you turn the cold water on, clean water flows through the unit, carrying any residual sediment out of the heater. Flush the tank for a few minutes, looking for clean, clear water from the hose. Turn the water off before removing the hose from the spigot.

Step 6: Power the Heater Up

Once you've finished flushing the water heater, clean up your supplies and reset all of your water lines. Close the hot water faucet and turn on the cold water supply. Release the pressure valve on the tank and turn the gas and electricity on.

If you are concerned about water damage or have other questions about this process, reach out to Pueblo, CO water damage professionals. Prevention is nearly always less expensive than cleanup, repairs, and replacement.

We Have a 6-Step Process for Water Restoration

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Wood Floor Learn more about the Water Restoration Process by following these tips.

Discovering that you have sustained water damage in your Pueblo, CO property is not enjoyable, but it is important to act quickly if it happens to you.

When you choose us for restoration, you can rest assured that you will receive an answer no matter when you call and that we will set our six-step process in motion. Here’s how we do it:

6 Steps to Water Damage Restoration

  1. Initial Emergency Contact
    Water damage could strike any home at any time, which is why we are always at the ready. When you call us to report damage, we will always answer and gather all the details we can about your damage situation to craft a comprehensive response plan and get to you soon.
  1. Inspection and Damage Assessment
    Inspecting the area for safety hazards and additional leaks is what we do first when we arrive on the scene. Once things are secured, we will do a full inspection to understand the scope of the damage and create your custom action plan for restoration.
  1. Moisture Extraction
    Pulling out standing moisture from the impacted area is key to decreasing the overall restoration time, which is why we have ample amounts of equipment to do so. We will work tirelessly to vacuum and pump out all the water we can before moving onto more fine-tuned methods.
  1. Dehumidifying and Drying
    Following the removal of standing moisture, we will then begin to extract water from the air and impacted surfaces. We will dehumidify and dry all impacted areas completely so they do not continue to deteriorate due to the water damage and to prevent them from becoming vessels for mold growth.
  1. Cleaning Belongings
    The proper sanitizing and deodorizing of items that are affected is important to keep your home free of contaminants and odors in the future. We will fully treat the belongings that have been exposed to the water damage so you can be certain that they are safe to use.
  1. Restoration and Repair
    You can count on us for a complete restoration process, which means we will even apply the finishing touches your job requires. We can apply paint or replace carpets to make the area feel exactly as it did before any water damage ever impacted it.

If your home has been water-damaged, you can count on us to help. Call us 247 to get the process started.

Choosing the Right Air Purifier To Remove Mold Spores

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

An Air Purifier. Choose the Right Air Purifier and Avoid Mold Damage by Following Our Tips.

Ensuring your Pueblo, CO home is a safe, welcoming environment means thinking about indoor air quality. Unfortunately, mold spores easily enter the home via open doors and windows or by attaching themselves to clothing and other objects. If those spores get the moisture, warmth and nutrients they need, it may mean needing the services of a professional mold damage company. Installing an air filtration system is one way to minimize spores but not all are created equal.

Types of Purifiers for Mold

Each type of air purifier uses different technologies to clean the air. While some are designed to trap and collect particles, others are designed to simply absorb molecules. When it comes to mold, the former will not help prevent the spread of airborne spores. Below are the top three types made to prevent airborne particles from circulating:

HEPA:

These purifiers feature fine mesh filters that trap approximately 99.7% of pollutants sized .3 micrometers and above. Since fungi spores are typically around 3 to 30 micrometers, this type of device offers optimal peace of mind. A HEPA filter does require frequent replacement. If it is not replaced within six to 12 months, mold may start to collect on it.

Photoelectrochemical Oxidation:

PECO air filtration devices work by light activating a catalytic reaction. Instead of trapping contaminants, it destroys them by changing them into harmless compounds without producing byproducts, such as ozone, or reintroducing them into the air.

Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation:

UVGI uses UV lamps to eradicate bacteria, spores and viruses. While it has proven to do what it is designed to, time and area are key considerations. The light has to come into contact with the particles and usually takes several minutes or longer.

How To Choose the Right One

Every home is different, so it’s important to consider your unique situation before purchasing a purifier. Key considerations include:

  • Coverage Area:

This calculation is based on the clean air delivery rate. The higher the CADR, the faster and better it is at purifying a larger room. These measurements range in size for the type of pollutant.

  • Air Quality:

This is measured using the Air Quality Index, which ranges from 0 to 500. Anything over 100 means the air quality is poor. It is important to choose a device that lists its AQI rating.

  • Noise:

While this may not be a big deal for some people, there is noise associated with moving fans. The higher the setting, the louder it will be. For people who like quiet, a large purifier in a bedroom may not be the best option.

Other considerations come down to personal preferences and budgets. From smart technologies to alert systems, many come with the latest innovations. If budget is a concern, it’s best to research costs associated with filter replacement.

Keeping your home fresh and having peace of mind that pesky spores aren't floating around is important. An air filtration device is a good way to ensure invisible airborne particles are eliminated. To get the most out of your investment, ensure you purchase one that is designed for your needs.

4 Critical Kids Safety Lessons for Escaping a House Fire

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

A Family watching their House on Fire. Learn more about How To Escape from a House Fire by following These Tips.

The National Fire Protection Agency notes that approximately 26% of blazes happen within a residential structure. These events are often sudden and quick, leaving little time to locate each other and discuss options. In addition, the situation proves trying for the youngest with Stanford Children's Health citing that almost 500 kids 14 and young die from the conflagration each year. Kids safety is essential and on the line.

How can homeowners safeguard their loved ones from harm?

Many adults likely remember cherished lessons of fire safety within schools. That information should also occur within the home. Parents can make a difference by taking a proactive approach to educating their little ones. The following are four critical survival tips to work on as a family.

1. Plan Out Kids Safety Efforts

Parents in Pueblo, CO, should sit down with their youth, creating a viable escape plan. Even little kiddos must know how to react since flare-ups could separate members. In addition, working through the big picture together allows adults to answer and clarify questions; plus, it minimizes the chance of confusion.

Discuss escape routes. Pick out several, drawing a map for your children to see. Walk through the paths, explaining that no one should go back inside or deviate from the designated walkway. Don't wait for others. Instead, plan a spot to meet up outside. Once there, adults can call authorities, insurance and a local fire remediation team.

Practice this plan frequently to ensure everyone remains on the same page.

2. Explain the Value of Smoke Detectors

When the alarm goes off at school, kids know the drill. Line up and leave. During a home fire, children should listen and react to smoke detectors. Show the device, and talk about how it works. The residence should have them throughout the property. When it notices smoke is in the building, the unit emits a loud sound, signaling a warning. Be sure that kids follow the family's escape guide if they hear the noise.

3. Review How To Handle Smoke and Heat

While some safety departures may occur with clear air and ease, others involve kids moving through smoke and increased temperatures. These changes require specific measures. Teach your children about how smoke moves to higher ground, so it's best to remain as low as possible. Show them specific positions such as crawls on the stomach or knees to protect them from excess smoke.

During a fire escape, little ones should avoid relying on their eyes. Instead, they need to feel around the room, checking door handles for excess heat. Consider playing a blindfold game, allowing your loved ones to move about the room, learning to find their way out without their eyesight. At times, alert them to hot doors and ask them to find another possible exit.

4. Open Windows, and Try Out Ladders

If a blaze blocks an exit, youth must adjust. Try out window escapes. Can you kids open it up? Do they know how to find the ladder or make a white signal flag for location? Pick days to run through these drills.

When a residential fire strikes, it's imperative that young ones know how to react. Adults can prepare them for these nerving times by putting kids safety first and setting aside time to talk about escape plans and have practice drills.

Engineering and Flood Prevention in Cities

3/12/2022 (Permalink)

 Professionals working on a Prevention Plan Engineering plays a key role in Flood Prevention. Learn more by following These Tips.

Have you ever wondered about the role of engineering in flood prevention in cities and municipalities? In places like Pueblo, CO that experience frequent high water and flooding, building structure and architecture play a huge role in preventing catastrophic damages.

In fact, many communities across the country develop plans to stop flooding and limit the damage and disruption flooding causes in an area.

Professionals who play a Key role in Flood Prevention.

Agricultural engineers, civil engineers, environmental engineers, materials engineers, and mechanical engineers all play a vital role in flood prevention.

Agricultural Engineers

Agricultural engineers attempt to predict how water moves. These engineers utilize their predictions to determine the best location for retention ponds, wetland buffers, and greenways. Structures like retention ponds, wetland buffers, and greenways are permanent and created to hold water flow and control water. Agricultural engineers play a role in designing dams and structures that function similarly to dams.

Civil Engineers

Civil engineers provide city agencies and authorities with engineering analyses that help develop flood management plans. Civil engineers suggest infrastructural models for systems like drainage networks and flood gates.

These engineers conduct structures that contain and divert flood water. They develop structural designs that are utilized throughout cities and towns to prevent flooding.

Civil engineers also design transportation ways such as roads and train rails that can function in high water. They also design elevated bridges and buildings made to withstand flooding.

Ecological Engineers

Ecological engineers utilize the natural environment to prevent flooding. They combine ecology, or the relationship between humans and their natural environments, and engineering methods. When it comes to flooding, these engineers aim to prevent damage. They also implement models to design, construct, restore, and manage the environment.

For example, ecological engineers identify communities susceptible to riverine flooding. They may contribute to a city flood plan by combining green infrastructure practices with conserving land, possibly by identifying water-retention soils near the city.

Materials Engineers

Materials engineers study and develop materials at the atomic level and model the characteristics of the substances they research. To address flooding, materials engineers seek to lessen the severity of flooding and stop flooding. They design paving materials that are water-permeable and reduce water runoff, especially in cities.

Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical engineers work with electrical engineers to design generators and water pumps adaptable to high water. In areas that are at high risk for flooding, they may even put air conditioning units or heating units in elevated areas rather than at-risk places like basements.

In cities, mechanical engineers may develop technology designed to keep subways dry. In a subway system, mechanical engineers may use pumps that convert kinetic energy to hydrodynamic energy. This way, the pumps move flood fluids away from the subway.

Engineers and Flooding

Engineers provide other services that go into plans designed to stop flooding and flood damage. Chances are, engineers have played a vital role in protecting you and your city from flood damage. As a field, engineering considers flood engineering an area of expertise that requires certain skill sets and proper education. Some states even require flood control engineers to earn certifications and licensing before they can address floods.