For business and home owners the cost of repairing and cleaning up the mess brought by flood can be quite enormous, especially if there was no insurance cover. Flooding can occur anywhere and it’s one of the most expensive disasters in the world. If your home town or area is at a high risk of flash flooding, consider taking preventive measures that will help to safeguard your property and family from the damages brought by flood.
Below are some useful tips that will help you to reduce flood damage in your home, workplace, business, etc. If you are currently experiencing flood issues call a experienced company that provides waterproofing services for your home basement.
1. Move appliances and valuables to high grounds
If your home is at a high risk of floods, elevation can help you to save a significant cost on all your valuables. Always keep high-value appliances and personal items above the ground. Lightweight possessions can be taken upstairs of your home or stored in cupboards and top shelves.
Check weather forecast details from your environmental agency. Find out how high floods will be in your area and prepare to handle flash-floods before they strike. Raise appliances such as dryers and washing machines several feet above the ground. For your important documents and certificates, buy a fire proof safe that has waterproof capabilities, lock the documents there and store the box in a top shelf.
2. Turn off Electricity when floods seems to strike
To prevent secondary fire damages and risks of electrocution consider switching off power during an expected flood and throughout the disaster period. In case flood strikes you unaware, avoid walking around flood water and call Power Company or supplier to help. Switching off electricity will help you to protect appliances such as TVs, Home theater, Radios, washing machines, Air conditioners, etc. from costly damages that can occur if they are connected to power.
3. Direct water away from your home and compound
If your house is located towards the edge of a slope, consider creating terraces and channels that can drive away flooding water. When floods occur people who live downward the slope are highly affected than those who live around raised grounds. Install sewers and backflow valves that will prevent or block backflow of flooding water in case the sewer tanks get filled up with flood water.
4. Cover your Basement Floor drains
If your house or workplace has a basement, move all appliances and valuables to a higher ground, probably upstairs. Cover drains with inflated tubes and hard plywood materials that can withstand conventional flood forces. Keeping your Basement well covered and protected from floods will help you to safeguard valuables and appliances from flooding water.
5. Prevent Sewer backup and overflow
While floods occur, sewer systems are severely affected because they are underground structures. To prevent a sewer backup, sewer openings around the basement and places such as toilets, floor drains, showers, etc. should be tightly covered. Openings can be capped with screwed caps, expandable plugs, wooden plugs, and other methods.
The best defense you can have for flooding is preparation. Always take measures and steps to prevent damages long before flooding occurs. Call a Waterproofing Company for a consultation. Keep your loved ones and pet protected by having an evacuation and emergency plan.