Flood Preparedness

Posted by: RestoreMore on February 9, 2021

Flooding can be inevitable depending on where you live, but there are steps you can take to minimize or possibly prevent flood damage to your property.

  • Install standpipes or backflow valves to prevent sewer lines from backing up.
  • Put in a floodwall or shield.
  • Use concrete blocks to lift up your washer, dryer, water heater, oil tank, furnace, and electrical wiring.
    Install a sump pump system if you have a basement and/or other below-grade floors.
  • Plan your landscape to include plants and vegetation that resist soil erosion. For best results, try planting:
    • Ornamental grasses (like mondo, yellow foxtails, and blue fescue) are the best at fighting soil erosion.
    • Ground covers and shrubs are also a great way to block foot traffic that causes soil erosion.
    • Trees. Any trees!
  • Install a flood detection device in your basement. The best models have alarms and/or can call your phone if it senses water intrusion.
  • Store important documents and special family keepsakes and heirlooms in areas other than the basement.

What to Do During a Flood

Floods can be pretty scary, but stay calm and focus on keeping your family safe. If time allows:

  • Turn off the main power switch.
  • Sanitize your bathtub and all sinks, then fill them with clean water in case your water supply becomes contaminated.
  • If rising water is making you feel threatened, leave your home or move to upper floors.
  • DO NOT TRY TO DRIVE DURING A FLOOD. You can lose control or stall in just 6 inches of water. If you are in your car when water is rising quickly, get out of your car immediately and move to higher ground.
  • Stay away from fallen power lines.
  • DO NOT TRY TO TRAVEL THROUGH A FLOOD. Remember the 6-inch rule:
    • Just 6 inches of water can stall your car or cause you to lose control if you are driving.
    • Just 6 inches of water can sweep you away if you try walking through a flood.

What to Do After a Flood

  • Check the house for structural damage before entering.
  • Use a flashlight, and not a lighter, matches, or a candle if it’s dark.
  • Check with your local news or municipalities to ensure when water is safe to drink and bathe in again.
  • Have an electrician inspect your system before turning your power on to make sure it’s safe.
  • Get started on your claims:
    • Take photos with your cell phone or a camera.
    • Take inventory of your damaged or destroyed items.
    • Document all of your damage.
    • Report your claim to your insurance agent as soon as possible.
  • Call RestoreMore because we specialize in post-flood cleanup!

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