Don’t Let Water Damage Create Expensive Repairs to Your Home
As a homeowner or business owner, your first priority is usually the upkeep and maintenance of your property. When in the event of flooding or other water damage occurs, taking immediate steps to clean it up ensures decreased long-term problems.
Tips to prevent or lessen water damage
It’s not always easy or possible to prevent flooding after a huge storm has hit your area, but you can help minimize or prevent flooding by taking appropriate action with Team Rapid before the storms hit, or as soon as possible afterward. Here are some tips to help ensure your home and belongings stay protected.
- Ensure your property has a drainage system. If you live in flood-prone areas, it’s especially important your home has somewhere for water to drain. Usually, a neighborhood has a flood plain or winding streams in which water can flow into, instead of building up and flooding your property. If you live in a wetlands area, a levee can keep water from flooding into a home.
- Place sandbags down your street so excess water doesn’t flow into your lawn or a driveway, particularly if you own a basement. Water can flow straight down into a windowsill, and if the amounts are substantial, can break windows, allowing for basements to flood quickly and easily.
- Rain gutters keep water away from your home, so make sure yours is working properly by checking it every season, for cracks, debris, and erosion. Also, when replacing your roof, spend a little extra and add a layer of protection by installing a rubber roof underlayment, a waterproof barrier that goes under shingles to protect the roof.
- Install or utilize the services of a plumber to install a sewer or septic line check valve; this allows sewage to flow only one way, so it doesn’t back up into your home.
- Anchor fuel tanks to prevent rupture and the release of fuel. Once power to systems, such as the water heater and furnace are turned off, wrap the tanks in waterproof coverings for protection.
Minimize damage after flooding has occurred
Sometimes even your best efforts won’t prevent flooding into your home, so taking immediate action after can at least minimize the damage. Of course, the first thing to do is protect your valuables, your family being number one. Or if you live alone, ensure you’re safe. Once safety is assured and all important items are in a safe location, let the professionals, specializing in flood damage control, come in and assess the situation; they can then clean up the flooding, so you can get back to your home.
Important tips to remember in a flood
Knowledge is power, so being armed with a plan before, during and after a flood, can create peace of mind for you and/or your family. Here are some important tips to remember:
- Safety is first. If the area is flooded, don’t go in and retrieve valuable items, because water can be contaminated and electrically charged. Also, rushing water can still cause injuries, and make the foundation unstable.
- Don’t wait to evacuate. Many times, rescue teams have needed to pluck homeowners from tops of car or home roofs because they underestimated the power of flooding.
- Place sandbags in front of your property and down the street. Packing bags can help minimize flooding into your home, and maybe even prevent damage.
- Listen to local radio and T.V. stations, or have battery-operated devices to get the latest emergency information
- Get pre-assembled emergency essentials
Utilizing these steps before, during and after flooding hits, will ensure minimized water damage and a quick clean-up process.
Julia Nielsen has a deep passion for writing creative, engaging, and informative content for the benefit of society, and has been writing about many different topics pertaining to the care and health of homes and businesses. Her best writing has been in the flood prevention business, as well as plumbing, architecture, and home maintenance. You can find more information on flood prevention at http://teamrapid.com.