If you live in a flood prone region, you need to do everything you can to prepare to ensure that your family, your possessions, and your home will be safe during a flood. Here are six steps to take to prepare your home to minimize potential flood damage:
Purchase Flood Insurance:
Standard homeowner’s insurance does not cover flooding. Speak to your home insurance agent to see what kind of policies are available to protect your home from flooding. Having insurance coverage will ensure you have the financial resources to deal with any flood damage.
Install A Sump Pump:
Sump pumps work to remove excess water from the home and usually runs on a twelve volt battery. If you live in a floodplain area you may want to also consider installing a French drain. A French drain is a trench dug around your house and filled with gravel and perforated pipe that will direct groundwater away from the house.
Hire An Electrician:
Have an experienced electrician raise your electrical sockets, switches, and wiring at least 12 inches above flood levels. This will reduce the amount of damage to your home’s electricity. It will also prevent your home from being a safety hazard during the recovery period.
Waterproof Your Home:
Work with an experienced basement waterproofing company to waterproof your entire basement. It may be somewhat costly but that is the area of the home that always gets flooded first. Also, work with them to waterproof any entrances located on the lowest parts of the home.
Move Belongings And Valuables:
If a Flood Watch is ever announced, move furniture, valuables, and important documents to a safe place. Critical documents like birth certificates or insurance policies should be stored in a waterproof safety box or taken with you. Remember, this step should only be taken if you have time. If you have been told to evacuate your family, forget your belongings, and get to safety.
Emergency Evacuation Kit:
You will want to set up an emergency kit and keep it up to date. Include the following:
It is also a good idea to have an escape route out of your neighborhood planned so you will know how to evacuate the area safely.
If in spite of all your preparations you home was flooded by the storm and you have sustained damages, it is critical you do not attempt cleanup alone. Flood waters are full of contaminants that can make you very sick. Furthermore, you will not only have to deal with water damage, but electrical lines may be down and dangerous. You may also be dealing with mold, mildew, biohazards and sewage issues.
The experts at H2O Away are licensed and trained to deal with all of these hazards. Our knowledgeable technicians are committed to working with you and your insurance company to see that you can move back into your home without worry of any future biohazards. If you’re dealing with flood damage, give us a call to learn more.