Diminish Flood Damage to Your House
If you have a house on the flood plains, then you know one of the only ways to keep your home standing is to prevent major flood damage. You cannot forecast exactly when or where floods will occur, so you need to take steps to make sure that if your house is hit, the damage isn’t too great. Remember to always follow safety guidelines when taking these steps.
If you have been the victim of flood damage you must call Allstar Plumbing and Restoration.
One of the first things you need to do is to determine how likely you are to be in a flood, and what the estimated damage could be. Even living in an area where flooding is possible, you will have different levels of possible damage. There are flood maps you can view to see this, and you may have to contact your city public works department to get a copy of this.
If you have your house where the flooding is possible, and the damage risk is high, then you need to safeguard your appliances. Laundry, water heaters and furnaces need to be at least a foot above the projected flood line, or moved to an upper floor. These can be placed on blocks to get them to the height, and you can buy a furnace that installs on the ceiling.
In the basement, you need to have a working drain in the floor. You may also want to have a plug installed that will float up when water gets to it so it can drain, since this can work without you having to be down there during the flood. You will need to check this during the year so that it remains working and free from debris.
A sewage back flow can be installed by a plumber to keep damage from sewage and water from happening. In a flood, this blocks any backup from the sewage from seeping into your home. If it does, this can be a costly, and gross, cleanup.
The electrical switches and fuses should also be above the flood line. Make sure wires are free from cracks and exposed spots so that if it floods, the electrical system doesn’t pose a hazard. It can also keep your home from shorting out and causing an expensive repair to get power back on.
A sump pump can also be installed. If you get one, you need to make sure that you have an alternative source of power to work it in a flood. This removes water quickly and can keep damage to the walls and foundations lower then letting it drain on its own. For a full list of restoration services go to http://www.allstarplumbingandrestoration.com/restoration-services/ and call today to setup an consultation.
Insurance is also important. You will need to get this through the federal government, and renters and owners alike can apply for it. There is a waiting period for the policy to go into effect, so it is better to get this before floods are a seasonal concern.
These few steps can help make the flood damages as minimal as possible. No matter what you decide to do, you should always have an emergency arrangement for the safety of you and your family. This is the most important thing to reduce flood damage.