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Flood Damage Risks And Fixes

In Utah, 26 people have been killed by floods since 1950, making it the second rated natural disaster cause of death after lightning.  Slow moving storms are common in Utah, the direct result of which is a great deal of water falling on a given area for an extended time.  Once the ground has absorbed all it can, the waters begin to rise and problems occur.

If you have a basement, it is important to know how to protect it from flooding or other water damage.  Basements are prime for flooding simply because they are the lowest lying location in any home.  Finished basements are even worse because of the additional damage done to carpeting and furniture.

Heavy rainfall over extended periods has the ability to overwhelm city sewers, backing them up and overflowing into basements that aren’t adequately protected.

To prevent such a problem, you should consider adding a backwater valve or sump pump setup to your home.  Backwater valves prevent sewage in an overloaded main sewer line from backing up into your basement by automatically closing the valve in the event of a backup.  Sump pumps or pits collect water from the weeping tiles around your basement and funnels it to the outside of your home.

These are two good preventative measures that you can take against basement water damage.  Of course you should still plan for the unexpected.  First take the time to go over your homeowner’s insurance policy and find out what sort of water damage is or is not covered.  The last thing you want is a rude awakening after the undesirable has already happened.

Fortunately, most flash floods in Utah have caused only limited damage, however it is still damage that should be addressed and repaired promptly.

For starters, in the event of a flash flood, evacuate you and your loved ones to higher ground.  Let the flood do what it will.  Six inches of flowing water is enough to knock over a grown man, and two feet of flowing water can move a car….never try to ride out the flood.

Once the all clear has sounded, you will need to return to your home and make a determination of the damage.  Turn off all electricity and gas before re-entering your home.  Take plenty of photos for insurance purposes.

You should then contact your local water damage cleanup company.  These Clean Trust certified professionals offer a full range of service, from water extraction and drying, to disinfecting and sanitizing.  They also offer any repair or reconstruction services that may be required.

Don’t wait until the worst happens.  Choose a water damage repair professional today so you’ll have peace of mind when the time comes.


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