Prepare now for a storm
Spring storms can appear suddenly, being prepared and having a plan can be key to recovering from a flash flood. Flash flooding usually occurs within 3-6 hours of the onset of rain as defined by Weather.gov. How the rain is distributed and topography of the land can have a major effect on flash flood. Ensure that your landscaping flows away from your home or office. If hills make it impossible to slope it away, then a French drain may be in order. As part of your spring cleaning be sure to pull maintenance on drains to find out if they are flowing freely.
Check basement sump pumps to ensure they are working properly. If you thing the power may fail what contingency plan do you have for pumping the water out? A standby generator battery backup? These are things to think about before a storm hits. For early detection of water intrusion leak detectors can help with alerting you to the spread of water and damage. We suggest that not only do put these near the sump pump if it quits working but also around common water sources in your home or office. Toilets, washing machines, behind the refrigerator and even near the HVAC condensate drain line in case it gets clogged.
If a flood is severe enough that you are told to evacuate the preparation you do now will help you. Because you never know when a flood will occur plan and tell your family what the plan is. Develop a family reunification plan. Kids go to school, parents’ work, what happens when disaster strikes while everyone is at their daily routine? Be prepared to answer. How will I communicate with Family, where will I go and which route will I take to get to emergency shelter? And how will I stay informed of the changing or developing storm? Ready.Gov has guidelines and suggestions to help you prepare for a storm.
If you’re affected by flood waters or storm damage call us as soon as you can do so safely. We are here to make it “Like it never even happened.” It’s best to call us directly 336-946-1131