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This year, rain is at an all-time high! We’ve seen rain almost every day this week AND last. With tons of rain, comes tons of flooding. During flood season, most people think it’s all about the water. Now, that’s partially true, but there is much more to look out for. Flooding can affect many aspects of your home. It could ruin your carpet, furniture, personal belongings, and even your electrical units. Most don’t take electricity into consideration when dealing with flooded homes or buildings. So, before this happens to you, we’ll go over the basics.
Planning: Always plan ahead! Ensure that you and anyone else in the home or building knows how to evacuate if necessary. Evacuation plans are great for EVERY dangerous situation. If you don’t have one, make sure to sit down and set one up. Also, make a list of numbers to call in case of emergency. Keep food, water, flashlights, batteries, radios, blankets, etc. in a kit somewhere to ensure you’ll be taken care of in any situation. Remember, these emergency kits aren’t just for floods, they can help you in any severe weather.
Prevention: If you’re area is expecting heavy rainfall, make sure that you are prepared for the potential damage ahead. This includes cleaning gutters, moving electrical items, unplugging electrical items, shutting them off, ensuring loose items are tied down around your lawn, and securing personal/important belongings in a safe place.
During: DO NOT USE ANYTHING ELECTRICAL. PLEASE, do not attempt to use any appliances, outlets, etc. If you have a battery powered radio, make sure that you’re listening for alerts, warnings, and possible evacuations.
After: Coming back to a flooded home can be scary. You may want to have a professional enter the home first to ensure that it’s safe for you and anyone else to enter. Electrocution is no joke. Results may be fatal. To avoid this, make sure you have a licensed electrical contractor come to your home and check all of your electrical units. As for the outside of the home, make sure to be careful. Power lines may have come down during the storm and could be hiding beneath water or debris.
Most of these tips aren’t just useful for heavy rain and storms, these tips can be used for all sorts of disasters. If disaster strikes in your area make sure to call your local water restoration professionals for help. If water and electricity are involved, make sure you call an electrical contractor as well!