Protecting Your Home Against Flood Damage
It is important for homeowners to understand the risks of flooding, though it may be unpleasant to think about. The majority of natural disasters involve flooding, so it is imperative that you know how to protect your home should flooding occur in your area.
Turn off electricity.
Any electricity near flood waters could pose a hazard. The electrical breaker should be shut off to any parts of the house that are at-risk for a flood.
Anchor propane and fuel tanks.
If a fuel tank tips over due to a flood, it can lead to a dangerous spill or even a fire. Remove fuel tanks from the property or anchor them securely.
Discuss emergency procedures.
The entire household should discuss an evacuation plan to ensure everyone is on the same page. Designate people to be in charge of shutoff switches and emergency supplies.
Know your risk.
The local emergency management center in your area and the Flood Map Tool FEMA provides will help you be aware of risks specific to your area.
Items considered irreplaceable, like family photos and heirlooms, tax records, and household documentation, should be digitized and the physical copies kept in a waterproof safe or off-site.
Raise hazardous materials.
Elevate things such as oil, paint and cleaning supplies to prevent dangerous spills into the floodwater.
In the case of a shallow flood, appliances such as washers and dryers can be elevated on bricks or stands to protect the internal workings from water damage.
Homeowners can help protect their home and family from danger by having a working knowledge of evacuation procedures and precautions to take.
If you’ve experienced water damage due to a flood or other causes, SERVPRO® of Crowley & South Johnson County is here to help. Our technicians are fully trained in water remediation, and our 24/7 Emergency Line means we’ll be there for you when you call.