Preparing for a Flood

How to Prepare for Flooding; Use SandbagsFloods are serious business, with millions of dollars being lost every year to water damage. The best way to deal with a flood is to prepare your home prior to it hitting. If you know your area might flood in the near future, protecting your home beforehand will save you countless dollars later. Even if you live in an area that isn’t at a high risk for a flood, floods can happen anywhere it rains. Read the previous blog on “What Causes Flooding.”

The easiest way to avoid a flood is to avoid building or moving into a home that is in an area susceptible to floods. Homes built in low basins are obviously at a higher risk of flooding than those at a higher elevation. Regardless of you home’s location, be sure to elevate items that cannot get wet, such as your furnace, water heater, and electrical panel. You can do the same with expensive or sentimental items. You should also consider installing valves that can prevent your drains from backing up in the event that a flood hits.

Next, clear all debris from your gutters. It might seem trivial, but properly functioning gutters are essential to flood protection. If a flood is on the horizon, temporarily move your furniture and valuables off the ground, or at least to a room that will be less susceptible to flooding. If you think a flood is coming, be sure to create a home emergency kit. Make sure you have all necessary tools and survival items in the kit, just in case. The kit should include water, canned food, blankets, and a flashlight. Also develop a family plan. Think about how you will evacuate if necessary.

If you can, create a sandbag barrier from water entering the house. Use waterproof compounds and materials to seal off weak areas in your home, particularly in the basement. If water does get inside, one of the best ways to prevent flood damage is to utilize emergency sandbags. Sand is obviously absorbs water very well, and using sandbags for flood protection is a great idea. You can place sandbags in crucial areas prior to a flood even hitting. Once it comes, you can locate areas that are experiencing damage and place an abundance of sandbags in those areas. You would be surprised how much water sandbags can soak up.

While flood sandbags are valuable tools to help hold back water and protect people and property, homeowners need to correctly dispose used sandbags. Read some general guidelines for disposing of sandbags and sand after flooding has occurred.

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This entry was posted on Friday, May 25th, 2012 at 8:25 am and is filed under Flood Protection, NYP-Corp News, Sandbags.

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