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10 Tips to Prevent Water Damage from Flooding

HOW TO SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE FLOOD-RELATED WATER DAMAGE FLOODING IS THE #1 THE #1 NATURAL DISASTER NATURAL DISASTER IN THE U.S. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FLOODING. YOU CAN BE AFFECTED BY A FLOOD EVEN IF YOU DO NOT LIVE IN A HIGH-RISK FLOOD ZONE. FLOODS AND FLASH FLOODS CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE. In fact, even the desert sees floods. People in the U.S. experience losses of over a billion dollars every year in flood-related incidents; your property can be damaged by just an inch of water. EVERY ONE OF THE 50 STATES HAS EXPERIENCED FLOODING OR FLASH FLOODS IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS. It doesn't take much water to cause damage to a property; tens of thousands of dollars of damage can be caused by JUST A FEW INCHES. Flash floods are particularly dangerous and can include walls of water up to 15 feet high. When you consider that just two feet of rushing water can CARRY A CAR, you can imagine the damage possible from 15 feet. WHAT IS FLOODING CAUSED BY? The causes of flooding can be divided into different categories: LEVEE AND DAM FAILURES STORM SURGE AND FLASH FLOODS LEVEE AND DAM FAILURES Dams and levees are often constructed in order to contain flooding in an area of a water way that may flood at a specific time. The levee or dam fails if the flood is bigger than expected and the water overflows from the structure. Because the water builds up before overflowing, the water escapes in a sudden burst, and the result is a flash flood. The energy behind the flash flood is intense from the build up and the sudden burst of an immense amount of water, and this can cause disastrous flooding. HOW TO PREVENT AND MINIMIZE FLOOD-RELATED INJURIES AND DAMAGE THINGS TO DO BEFORE A FLOOD OCCURS AVOID BUILDING in any areas that are prone to flooding unless you can reinforce and elevate your house. If your house is susceptible to flooding, elevate the electric panel, water heater and furnace. Use waterproofing compounds to seal your basement walls in order to avoid seepage. You can also have "check valves" installed in the sewer traps by a professional plumber in order to prevent the backup of floodwater into your home's drains. Put together an emergency supplies kit. Include the following: Personal hygiene items along with any other essential items needed for family members Prescription medications First aid kit -o Flashlights and extra batteries Disposable utensils, D- cups and plates -O Battery-powered radio Manual can-opener and three day non-perishable food supply - Three day supply of water Keep valuables, important papers and other irreplaceable items in higher elevations or upper floors of your home. Hard-wired alarms are wired into the electrical system of your house. However, an electrician will have to be hired to install one. On the other hand, battery-operated smoke alarms are an easy DIY project. THINGS TO DO FOLLOWING A FLOOD: After the flood is over, it is very important to check for news reports to make sure that it is safe to drink the area's water supply. Avoid floodwaters and moving water since they may be electrically charged or contaminated. In areas where the floodwaters have receded, you still need to be aware. Roads might have weakened and could collapse from the weight of your vehicle. Avoid any downed power lines to stay safe and be sure to contact your power company to report them. Wait for authorities to tell you it is safe before returning home. ALSO KEEP THE FOLLOWING TIPS IN MIND: Consider hiring a professional water remediation specialist. Be sure to save all of your receipts. Service any damaged leaching systems, pits cesspools and septic tanks. Disinfect and clean all items that Service any damaged leaching systems, pits cesspools and septic got wet. tanks. If entering a flooded building, use extreme caution. Be careful when moving or cleaning debris. Floodwaters might have carried snakes or animals into the area. Stay out of any buildings that are surrounded by floodwaters. t.

10 Tips to Prevent Water Damage from Flooding

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The expense of restoring a house to its former self after it has been flooded by water is a lot more than that of taking smart steps to prevent it from happening in the first place. Water is the most ...


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