Flooding is an enormous problem throughout the United States, many homes and buildings are destroyed each year due to serious flooding. Being prepared for a flood could prevent a lot of unnecessary damage to your home. If you live in an area that is often damaged by flooding here are a few handy tips that may save you a lot of money, time and stress in the future. If your home is already flooded, call a professional plumbing company. Genesis Plumber could be the right company to help you with your troubles.
Before a Flood
- Make sure to have an Emergency Preparedness Kit with everything you might need to in the event that you’d be stuck for a few days. You should include water, non-perishable food, a portable radio, batteries first aid supplies and anything else you may consider essential.
- Make sure you have a plan for your family so that you all know how to contact and/or find each other in the event of a flood.
- You should think about having any electrical units located in an area that is high above ground level.
- See if you can get insured with the National Flood Insurance Program to reduce any losses you may encounter because of flooding, most home insurance plans do not cover flood damage.
During a Flood
- If it is safe to do so, connect a sump pump to drain the excess water away.
- Be sure to know of any developing conditions, keep an eye on TV news, Internet, Radio or any other information source you may be able to find.
- Disconnect all electrical items that are not essential.
- Relocate any important items that you do not want to be damaged.
- In the event of serious flooding, be ready to turn off all electricity and gas at their source.
- Do not use any electrical equipment that has been water damaged.
After the Flood
- The Red Cross Guide to Repairing Your Flooded Home offers a detailed walkthrough in what to do after a flood.
- Document the damage done by the flood so that your insurance company gets all the information.
- Make sure all leftover water is cleared from the home by checking plumbing and sump pumps.
- Contact professionals to evaluate the water and electrical systems in your home.
- Open all windows and doors to air out your home, this can help prevent mold and mildew.
- Replace or fully disinfect any furnishings that have come into contact with the flooding.
Contact a plumbing professional for any further questions you may have.