Preparing Your Home for a Flood
With summer comes extreme weather, including storms that bring heavy rainfall. Bodies of water and over-saturated ground can’t always handle the showers that come our way, and suddenly you find your home or business falling victim to a flood.
Luckily, we can usually tell when heavy rainfall is coming our way, and a little bit of preparation can make all the difference!
There are certain items and critical utilities you should elevate, including appliances, heating systems, electrical panels, valuable personal items, and important documents. If you can, removing these items from your basement will usually do the trick. Ensure that items left in your basement are moved away from windows, as they could potentially let water in.
Test Your Sump Pump
Make sure your sump pump is operating correctly – test it a few times. Having a battery case for your sump pump will make sure it continues to do it’s job if the power goes out.
Cleaning out your gutters prior to heavy rain will keep your potential flooding to a minimum, as the water will be able to drain properly and away from your home/business.
Pack an Emergency Bag
Put your family’s phone chargers, dry clothes, identification, and other important items in large Ziplock or plastic bags, and pack them all together. If you need to leave your home for whatever reason, you’ll be thankful to have this stuff ready to go!
Have your local WINMAR on speed dial! We’re always ready to help with water remediation and getting your home back to pre-loss condition.
Is it too late, and flooding has already occurred? Check out our blog on what to do when your home floods.