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How To Keep Your Home Safe During a Flood

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

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How To Keep Your Home Safe During a Flood

Floods are serious business. It has been reported that debris flows and the floods that cause them result in 90% of the damage from all natural disasters (excluding droughts). Flooding can occur anywhere in the U.S., including Rock Hill, MO. You may not be able to fully flood proof your home, but you can take precautions to prepare for and minimize water damage.

Preparation and awareness are key factors to bear in mind when considering safety during a flood. Being aware of your area’s potential for flooding can help you prepare a flood safety plan that incorporates safety tips specifically for your area and property.

Preparation

These simple procedures can help you prepare and protect your home from flood damage:

  • Move furnaces, electric panels, water heaters, furniture, food supplies, and important documents to higher floors or the attic to keep them away from potential floodwater.
  • Stockpile emergency building materials, such as sand, sandbags, plastic sheeting, pallets, lumber, plywood, and nails as part of your flood safety plan.
  • Install check valves in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into your drains. In a pinch, you can use stoppers or large corks to plug showers, sinks, and tubs.
  • Seal basement walls and around foundations with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage through cracks.


Awareness

The National Weather Service issues weather watches and warnings through its local forecast offices. A weather watch means the potential for flooding exists. A warning means flooding is imminent or is already happening. Pay attention to these warnings and be prepared to act quickly.

Survey your property and identify areas that could present problems during a flood. Check for leaks, cracks, and roof damage, and examine doors and windows, gutters and downspouts. Identify areas where water can accumulate and enter the house. During rainstorms, note how the water flows around your house and consider ways of directing the flow away from the home.

Even with good flood safety measures in place, some water damage will likely occur and may require the services of a cleanup and restoration team. These services can be minimized by knowing when a flood might hit and being prepared for it.

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