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In the US, especially in the Midwest, there are constantly some types of natural disasters hitting. Whether this is tornadoes, earthquakes, forest fires, snowstorms, ice storms, don’t forget about floods. One year, our home flooded FOUR times one month because of torrential rain (two of which I was out of the country). This was just before I hosted a huge event for entrepreneurs. I was stressed, and nothing was covered by insurance because we weren’t in a flood zone, and couldn’t get it if we tried. So, I want to show you how to protect your home from flooding.
Flooding seems to be the most common of them all, especially during the spring and summer months. Everyone knows that flooding causes more than enough damage to a space. It causes severe damage to anything.
From destroyed property to water damage, it’s very unfortunate and sad. But you can still experience a flood in your home, without it raining outside too. If your pipes busted, or the toilet is over flushed, these can also cause flooding. So, what can be done with any type of flooding that hits your home?
How to protect your home from flooding
Flooding disasters can happen to anyone, both mother nature, and plumbing issues in your home. It is important to prepare your home for a potential flooding disaster by stocking up on supplies and getting flood insurance. Some things that you should keep in stock are bottled water, canned food, a flashlight with batteries, and a first aid kit. You should also make sure that your home has an escape route in case the worst happens. But what about a plumbing issue? Then you’ll need to turn off your water (if you can) and call the plumber ASAP.
What You Can Do To Reduce The Risk Of Flooding In Your Home
Since there are two different ways that flooding can occur, it’s best to at least look into ways you can reduce plumbing-related flooding.
You can do this by taking these steps:
– Keep gutters and downspouts clear from debris
– Install backflow preventers on all exterior faucets
– Have your septic tank pumped at least once every three years
Whenever you’re cleaning the exterior of your house, make sure there aren’t any shingles or exterior protections that are broken off. If your home isn’t protected, then rainfall can cause water damage and potential flooding from the walls or roof.
How To Safely Store Valuables Before A Flood Ensues
The first thing to do is to make a list of all the valuables and important documents that you will want to save. Next, pack up your valuables and important documents in a container that is waterproof and seal it tightly. This can be done by using duct tape or some other waterproof material. Lastly, make sure that your storage container has a label on it with your name on it so that if someone else finds it they can return it to you rather than just throwing it away.
How To Clean Up After A Flood Occurs In Your Home
Cleaning up from a flood is a lot of work, there’s no doubt about it. You have to clean up all the nooks and crannies or else you’ll face mold or mildew growing inside your home. In these cases where even after a flood, there’s still so much risk, you’re much better off looking into flood damage cleanup services to help you out in this stressful situation.