Floods, big or small, can happen to anyone at anytime of the year. Those who live by bodies of water may have experienced a flood or those who have had a washing machine with a mind of their own may have experienced a flood on a different scale. No matter what type of flood one may experience, there is always a level of frustration involved when trying to recover from it.
Many times valuables and things considered irreplaceable are damaged and that is when essential recovery services should be called to help.
So what can one do to minimize the damage a flood might cause? The Institute for Business & Home Safety has provided some tips about this subject that are very helpful:
When there is the risk of a flood:
- Clear drains, gutters, and downspouts of debris and make sure your yard’s grading (slope) directs water away from the building.
- Anchor fuel tanks. An unanchored tank can be torn free by floodwaters, and the broken supply line can cause contamination, or if outdoors, can be swept downstream and damage other homes.
- Buy and install sump pumps with backup power where needed. Regularly check to make sure they are working.
- Cut off electrical service at the main breaker if the electrical system and outlets will be underwater.
If you have time to hire a licensed electrician:
- Raise electric components (switches, sockets, circuit breakers, and wiring) at least 12” above the projected flood elevation.
- Place all appliances, including furnace, water heater, washer, and dryer on masonry blocks or concrete at least 12” above the projected flood elevation.
If you have time to hire a licensed plumber:
- If floodwaters enter the sewer system, sewage can back up and enter your home. To prevent this, install an interior or exterior backflow valve. Check with your building department for permit requirements.
After the flood:
- As soon as it is safe to do so, disconnect all electronics/electrical equipment and move it to a dry location.
- Remove as much standing water as possible from inside the building.
- Begin to remove water-damaged materials immediately.
- Ventilate with fans and/or dehumidifiers.
- Acting quickly can increase the chance of salvaging usable materials, reduce the amount of rust, rot, and mold that might develop, and limit the likelihood of structural problems.”
Calling in a recovery specialist after a flood can help reduce the negative effects just mentioned will not only help you in the short run but also down the road. You will be able to peace of mind knowing your building is safe because you acted quickly and appropriately.
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