Flood Damage Restoration: How To Prepare

By Bonnie Mauldin,

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Few things are more daunting in a household than flood damage restoration.

While in Georgia flood damage restoration might be the furthest thing from our mind at the moment we have experienced severe water damage particularly in the wake of hurricane Matthew.

Floods are a devastating experience. The financial cost of flood damage restoration plus the task of putting your house back together can seem unachievable. According to FEMA, every house at risk of flooding. We have compiled a list of some ways to secure your home to avoid or at least minimize food damages. Not all things can be avoided, of course. But as Benjamin Franklin said, An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That pound of cure for you could be avoiding damages due to water.

Here’s how to reduce your chances of facing flood damage restoration.flood damage restoration

Safeguard in-home electrical and climate systems. Raise switches, sockets, circuit breakers and wiring at least a foot above the expected flood level in your area. Modify your furnace, water heater, and any other anchored indoor equipment so that it sits above your property’s flood level.

Secure your basement. The basement is where flooding is most likely to occur. Therefore, you must pay your due diligence in preventing any water damages. Installing a sump pump will help redirect water from any basins in your basement especially if you don’t have a drain. Also, regularly cleaning your gutters and making sure the opening face away from your house will limit water seeping into your foundation during a storm.

Put warning systems in place. Flash floods can occur at any time—hence the name. But did you know the national weather service will send out a flash flood notification to your cell phone? Yes, yes you did, because we all live in the 21st century. You can also use this interactive map to locate danger areas that are currently encountering flash floods.

There’s an app for that. Awareness is key when preventing flood damage to your home. The Red Cross also provides a flood app that helps you and your loved ones prepare for a flood. The app allows you to develop exit strategy plans, emergency kits, understand the difference between a watch and a warning, and help keep your household streamlined in case of an emergency flood.

Grab your pet! Animals are often abandoned during a flood crisis. This is rarely due to malice on the owner’s part but rather a lack of preparation. Owners need to have a plan in place to make sure that if there is flood damage, or flooding in the house, their pet is safe.

Unfortunately, there will be times that it is your house will be compromised by water damage or flood damage, and it is unavoidable. However, should the worst happen Reliable Restoration is equipped to handle all flood damage restoration needs you and your loved ones need. In times of emotional loss having a professional service that is there for you 24/7 can ease the burden of picking up the pieces.