April showers may bring May flowers, but they also bring the increased risk of flooding
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) March 16, 2012
RestorationLocal.com, one of the leading providers of water damage restoration services in the country, is offering tips on flood damage protection for property owners as the rainy season approaches. April showers may bring May flowers, but they also bring the increased risk of flooding to low lying areas of the United States. By summer, the flooding risk will mostly be attributed to the threat of hurricanes along the eastern seaboard.
Homeowners are encouraged to examine their prospective flooding risk, which can be done by determining the elevation of a given property, as well as examining the flood history for that area. This allows for conclusions to be drawn as to what kind of flooding may be expected and just how much water will have to be dealt with. This information may be available through local emergency management offices.
RestorationLocal.com recommends the following flood safety steps:
Make sure gutters and drains are clear of debris and in good working order. Basement sump pumps and sump pits should be properly maintained and operating within normal parameters.
Electrical components should be raised a minimum of 12 inches above any expected flood levels for your area. This type of work should only be performed by a qualified electrician.
Similarly, have the furnace and water heater elevated above the expected flood levels. This may be more difficult to accomplish, but it will prevent serious damage and high repair costs.
Have a backflow valve installed in your sewage system to avoid backup related flooding. Make sure that the landscaping in your yard slopes away from your property for a distance of no less than ten feet.
Install watertight shields over all openings up to a level beyond the anticipated flood line.
Properly anchor down fuel tanks to prevent them from overturning and spilling their contents in the event of a flood. Fuel spills can be extremely dangerous in the aftermath and cleanup of flood damage.
If you don’t have flood insurance, look into obtaining it. If your community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), you may be eligible for coverage through the federal government. This is infinitely preferable to disaster relief, which usually comes in the form of low interest loans that must be paid back.
RestorationLocal.com is one of the leading providers of water damage restoration services in the country, with providers in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.