It should come as no surprise that spring and summer are the wetter seasons of the year. While it does rain in fall and winter, the threat of flooding is much more prevalent when it is warmer outside. Oversaturated soil is one common culprit, and erosion can do more damage to your home’s foundation than you might imagine. Therefore, you should take proactive steps to offset this nightmare scenario before anything should happen. Here is an overview of what you can do to help protect your home against flooding, no matter how heavy it is!
Before the Storm Comes
If you didn’t already have a sump pump, now is the time to get one. Likewise, if you have one installed, make sure that it works the way it should. Some basic do-it-yourself upkeep every three months or so is enough to keep it in good working order. Add flood protection to your homeowners’ insurance. Some foresight now will prevent a literal and figurative mess later – or at the very least, minimize the amount of chaos. Pack up an emergency kit and keep it somewhere it won’t be tampered with or otherwise disturbed before you need to use it.
As the Flood Arrives
Floods can happen inside your home, too – due to faulty plumbing, overflowing toilets, or ordinary mishaps that happen from time to time. However, the issue at hand here is exterior flooding that can leave behind catastrophic destruction in its wake. When an evacuation is called, get to safety as soon as you can. At this point, it’s probably a good idea to confirm that your backup generator is working. From a certain point of view, you might want to do it after you get home, and it is safe to re-enter your property. Standby power generators can keep the lights on and all of your appliances if you have no choice but to hunker down and wait out the storm. Backup power systems might seem like a needless expense considering how costly the home buying or home building process can already be. But take our word for it – you will be immensely glad that you acquired one!
Recovering After the Waters Recede
Now it’s time to talk about post-flood recovery. Remediation specialists are ready and waiting to come and clean up the mess and remove as many signs of damage as possible. Stay out of areas that look like they were flooded because they’re probably still unsafe. Schedule a home safety inspection to prevent any structural damage from getting worse. Consider getting a backup sump pump if you don’t already have one established. Battery backups can keep the system running even when there is no actual power source to draw from, as it would under normal circumstances!
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