The thunder rumbles, the skies are dark and threatening; it looks like a storm is on the horizon. A strong sense of unease wraps around you like a blanket. Unfortunately, it is impossible to stop severe weather flooding caused by heavy rains and tornados. However, that doesn’t mean we cannot be prepared to slow or prevent flood damage.
Building homes or businesses above flood plains and making modifications to help structures withstand the flood waters are only a couple of the ways to reduce the damage caused by flooding. Being prepared is a good way to reduce the destruction and trauma of a flood. Make sure that you have important numbers recorded and handy. Read over your insurance policy to determine if you have flood insurance. If you don’t have flood insurance and you live in a flood-prone area, it may be a good idea to consider adding it to your plan. Regular homeowner’s insurance does not cover natural disasters such as flooding.
Tips for reducing flood damage.
Protect costly possessions and important documents.
Keep valuable electronics off the floor when possible.
Keep important documents up high on shelving units or in waterproof safes.
If there is a flood warning in your area make sure you move any valuables or soft goods off the floor or low shelves.
When building or remodeling your home.
Install electrical outlets about expected flood water levels.
If flooding is imminent unplug any appliance or electronics and turn of the power. Electricity and water do not mix.
Use water resistant building materials such as lime plaster.
Install water resistant doors and window frames.
Use flood skirts around your entry ways, vents, and windows to help keep any flood water out of your home.
Invest in a battery-operated sump pump to remove water that does make it inside your home.
Keep sandbags on hand to help divert flood waters away from your home or business.
Use a water sealant on your foundation to prevent water from seeping in or invest in crawlspace encapsulation to prevent excess moisture from getting into your crawlspace or basement.
Understand the difference between a flood warning and a flood watch. A flood warning means that flooding is happening now or will happen in the immediate future. A flood watch means that flooding is possible but not imminent.
Have an evacuation plan in place in case of a severe flood. Your safety and the safety of your family should always come first.
Do not walk through moving water. As little as 6 inches of moving water can cause you to lose your balance and fall. If there is flood water in your home avoid walking through the water. If the water has come into contact with electricity, walking through the water could have severe consequences.
You can prepare for flooding but we cannot control the weather and, in severe cases, all the preparation in the world will not stop flood waters from entering or damaging your property. In the case of flood damage, contact 24Restore in St. Paul. Our experts offer 24-hour emergency flood damage cleanup and repair services to all of St. Paul’s residents and businesses.