Preparing for a Flood
With heavy rain comes the possibility of a flooding, whether it be caused by the sudden downpour, a nearby river spilling out over its banks, or a storm surge overfilling. Flood plains and other low-lying areas near a body of water have a high chance of flooding. The subsequent water can cause a great deal of damage that requires extensive and prompt clean up. Being prepared for a flood is in the best interest of not only your family, but also to protect your valuables and to minimize water damage. Below are some tips on how you can do that.
- Elevate Electrical Wiring
It is especially important to be prepared if your home is in a flood zone in the event of a worst-case scenario. If your home is in a flood zone, consider having a professional install or move electrical outlets, panels, and wiring to a foot above any flood levels. Ensure that appliances and heating systems are raised to a similar level, if possible.
- Waterproof Your Basement
It is recommended if you are in a place that is vulnerable to flooding, to consider making changes and renovations to the basement. Doing so could possibly deter further damage from occurring. You can begin by waterproofing the basement walls with a sealing product. Another option could be installing a sump pump and having a battery-powered backup for the removal of standing water. It is vital to ensure that your plumbing has back-up or backflow valves installed to ensure that floodwaters won’t enter you home in the wrong way. If you do not have those valves, it is recommended to call a plumber to make the installations. A water alarm in the basement is also recommended as it can sound a warning if water is accumulating.
- Store Outdoor Possessions
Keep your eyes on the news when heavy rain is expected. If you have enough time before a natural flooding event, gather any outdoor belongings that could be swept away in a flood. Such things could include: loose lawn furniture, bicycles, gardening tools, toys, trashcans, and more. It is recommended that everything be stored indoors.
- Clear Drains and Gutters
Regular maintenance of drains and gutters is suggested, especially more so in when heavy rain is anticipated. The overflow may cause more damage to your home as flooding occurs. Clearing the drains will help let the water run through the gutter spout and away from your home.
- Move Valuables to Upper Levels
Any furniture that you can move upper floors to protect them from any potential damage. Wrapping them in waterproof tarps as an extra precaution. Place large sentimental items you cannot take with you into waterproof protection. If you are evacuating you should take irreplaceable photos, documents, insurance information, and vehicle permits with you.
- Turn Off Water and Utilities
In case of an unexpected power surge, you should unplug appliances and turn off the propane take. If you are evacuating, turn off electricity, gas, and water services, especially if you see downed power lines.
If you have experienced water other damage associated with a flood, SERVPRO® of Augusta South / Wilkes & Burke Counties is always make it “Like it never even happened. ®” Give us a call at 706-843-1990 to schedule and remediation or restoration needs.