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Prepare Your Home for Floods

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

A bedroom with mold damaged walls and ruined household items. These moldy walls were caused by flooding.

As Michigan residents, we know that flood water can easily rise, turning your home into a flooded mess that needs extensive repairs. Although flooding from a burst pipe or flash flood can come on quickly, if your home is prepared, the damage can be minimized. Here are tips to prepare your home for flooding:  

  1. Install a Sump Pump 
    Sump pumps are installed in a pit in the lowest part of the home, such as the basement or crawlspace, and are designed to prevent water from entering the home. They automatically work to pump water out when it rises to a certain level.  
  1. Raise Electric Components 
    Along with water damageflooding also creates potential fire hazard situations. It is recommended that wiring, outlets, sockets and other electrical components be at least 12 inches above the structure’s projected flood elevation. A licensed electrician can raise them to meet those requirements.  
  1. Waterproof Basements 
    An easy way to keep basements dry is to regularly maintain outside the home. Along with keep gutters and drains free of debris, verifying the property slopes, and properly diverts water can keep water flowing away from the home.  
  1. Keep Supplies On-hand 
    Flood water can come on fast and rapidly rise. If you know you have foundation issues or haven’t cleaned the gutters yet, keeping supplies, such as sandbags and tarps, on-hand can minimize the amount of water entering the home.  
  1. Maintain a Checklist 
    Even if you are prepared, sometimes Mother Nature doesn’t care. When that happens, it is important that everyone in the home knows what to do and precautions are taken to minimize damage. The checklist should be easily accessible and include items such as disconnecting appliances and turning off the main power, gas line, and water supply.  

  
Dealing with flood water can be a time-consuming mess. While total prevention may not be possible, being prepared can minimize damage.  

Choose SERVPRO to Handle Your Flood Damage  

Michigan is known for its constant changes in weather, making our homes an easy target for storm damage. That’s why we here at SERVPRO of Romulus are ready to help 24/7. Whether your home or business is affected by storm, or if it’s flood damage, your property needs specialized equipment and techniques to restore it back to its pre-damaged condition. Our technicians have been specially trained to handle these sorts of unique situations to help get your life back to normal as soon as possible. Storm damage can include not only water damage but mold damage, too. It may seem like a daunting challenge to overcome, but we have the resources and tools to restore your home and make it “Like it never even happened.” 

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