Storms are often predicted days before they occur which can give you ample time to prepare. Certain storms, like hurricanes, can be worse than others and can cause flooding. If you know a bad storm is on the way it may be in your best interest to flood-proof your home. Here are some tips on how to prepare your house for a flood.
Sandbags can be your best friend and first line of defense when flooding begins. They can be stacked on top of one another to create a barrier which can slow down the surge of water. Be sure to not fill sandbags entirely; stacking the bags is easier when they have excess room in them. The first place you should stack sandbags is in front of your home to redirect the water elsewhere. Other places include basement entranceways, window wells, and in front of the garage.
Flip the Switch
Water does not mix well with electricity. If your home is compromised by flooding, head to the panel box and turn off your electricity by flipping the main switch. This will prevent any surges and possible electrical fires. The surge of water can also cause pipes to disconnect or break. This can lead to gas leaks and additional flooding from any bursted plumbing lines. All supply mains should be shut off to prevent additional damage to your home.
Movin’ on Up
If you are fortunate enough to have a few hours or days to prepare for a bad storm, you should consider moving your belongings to the second floor. Expensive items like couches, tables, electronics, and appliances should be moved up so your wallet won’t suffer as badly after a possible flood. Anything of importance or sentimental value, like photos, deeds, and certificates, should also be repositioned to higher ground. Appliances and fixtures like ovens, water heaters, and furnaces aren’t going upstairs, but they can be moved up. Raising them and placing them on blocks can minimize possible damage.
Being prepared and flood-proofing your home can help you protect your investment. Sometimes floods are impossible to stop and can make their way into your home. If your home has been exposed to water damage, contact the professionals at EnviroGreen Boston. Our experts will assess and repair any water damage your home may come in contact with. For more information, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.