Flood Preparedness

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!