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Higher Flooding Risk Means Increased Threat for Water Damage

With a couple of very active weather years under our belt, the threat of flooding has become the leading cause of water damage across the United States and Canada.  Even areas that have never seen any sort of flooding or sewer backup problems may be prone to experiencing those problems now. Many insurance providers view flooding as the “new fire” when it comes to severe damage events and costly insurance claims.

Homeowners are encouraged to take appropriate preventative measures to protect their property from the threat of flooding, since it is far easier to make arrangements when everything is still dry as opposed to when the water is rising.

The first step is to properly determine the flood threat for the area in which you live. Local emergency management offices will have detailed information on hand regarding previous flood events and history, time of year they occurred, duration, depth, and the areas that were affected.  By looking at the flood history for your area, it becomes possible to recognize weather patterns that may be helpful in predicting future flood events. This includes flood levels and just how much water you can expect to come into your home.

The next step is to prepare your home against a flood.  Of course nothing is going to keep the water damage out if enough of it comes knocking, but you can take steps to minimize the effects.

For starters, move all valuable items to a higher floor. The chances of flood waters reaching a higher level are slim.  If appliances such as washer/dryer combos or dishwashers are on the floor, elevate them using a crate pallet.  Even a few inches will help.  Power outlets and electrical boxes can be moved higher on the wall, ideally 10-12 inches above the projected flood line.  Of course you will need to contact a professional electrician for this sort of work, but that is still less expensive than repairing water damaged electrical system.

Likewise, HVAC setups can be rearranged in order to avoid flood damage.

Sump pumps and backflow valves can be installed in your basement and sewer systems in order to prevent water from backing up through your drainage or toilet lines and causing flooding. This is especially true for sewer lines, as sewage based flooding is among the messiest and most dangerous problems you can end up dealing with.  Dangerous in that it goes beyond simple water problems and brings with it all kinds of health threats due to the presence of bacteria, fungi, and parasites commonly found in sewage.

No, it is impossible to turn back Mother Nature if she really wants to make an appearance, but with flooding becoming the most prevalent problem facing homeowners today, you should take whatever steps are necessary to keep the damage costs down. Call a local water damage restoration professional today; they can help you go through your home and identify potential problems, as well as providing solutions to help keep you dry.

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