With Rising Water Levels; Are You Prepared?
With all the rain, and how full the river is, are you ready for a possible flood?
This year has really put into perspective how much rain, and water can affect people and their homes. Have you prepared for a possible flood? Flooding can happen in a multitude of ways, high amounts of rain, overflow from the river, even a the city pipe lines can flood leading to nasty sewage coming up the drains of you and your neighbor’s homes. Here are some guidelines to help prevent these and other water related disasters from affecting your family.
Here in South East Idaho we are at risk of flooding every year. Every home has a different level of risk associated with flood damage. Learn more about your home’s risk level. Find out what type of flood zone you live in, and the potential flood elevation in the area. FEMA offeres a great map service at https://msc.fema.gov/portal/. You can also check in with your local planning and zoning office or building department to learn more about the flood zone. Find out if from them or your neighbors if your area has flooded in the past and what caused it.
Another important part of preparedness is insuring against the loss. Its hard enough being uprooted as temporary as it may be, but to be placed with a financial burden at the same time is even harder. Consult your insurance agent and find out if flood insurance is part of your insurance plan.
Reduce your risk as best you can. Decide how you plan to react to the threat of a water emergency. Speak with one of SERVPRO’s consultants about an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) and find out what might be best for your area. Using an ERP can help speed up the process should an emergency occur. With an Emergency Ready Plan your prepared for any water, fire, mold or other major event that may require our help. Speak to your SERVPRO consultant today for a free ERP.
Lastly, make sure you know your home well. Find out if you have any low spots that may collect water first. Check your basement after every rainstorm to ensure no new leaks have occurred. Check your drywall for any wet spots along the ceiling, walls, or floors to make sure no water got in.
We can’t prevent every natural disaster, and we can’t prevent every water emergency, but using these and other helpful tips can help mitigate our possible loss in the event something does happen.
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