Facing Flood Waters? Safeguard Your Property By Taking These Actions

Summer weather is usually perfect for picnics and lazy days with the family, but conditions can change quickly. Severe summer storm systems that are very large and slow-moving often result in dumping vast quantities of rain capable of causing water levels in streams, rivers, and lakes to rise quickly. When this happens, flash flooding becomes a real danger to homes located in low lying areas, as well as their occupants. If your home is located in an area where flash flooding is known to occur,  taking steps to prevent or reduce the level of water damage your home receives is an important part of protecting your family's home. 

Make permanent changes to help prevent water from reaching the home

Flash flooding happens quickly, often making it difficult or impossible for homeowners to make any last-minute preparations to help their home resist flood waters before they have to evacuate their families. This is why those who live in areas frequently hit by flash floods may want to take permanent steps to help limit or avoid flood damage. Possible choices to do this include: 

  • having dirt berms made around the perimeter of the property to help protect the home from rising water
  • installing a drain system around the home to channel flood waters safely to a storm drain or other drainage point 
  • installing water-tight seals on garage doors and installing water-tight seals over basement windows

Additionally, homeowners may want to also keep a supply of filled sandbags on hand in a convenient storage location. In the event of rising flood waters, homeowners will be able to quickly access and place the sandbags where needed, instead of taking precious time to obtain sand and fill them.

Consider indoor changes that will lessen water damage

Standard indoor carpeting and some other types of flooring have little chance of withstanding damage from flood waters. Even worse, these materials can quickly develop mold or mildew, once the water recedes. Homeowners who frequently experience the threat of flash flooding can help to limit the scope of repairs by choosing more durable materials for their home. For example, opting to avoid the use of carpeting in basements and ground level floors, and instead, choose painted concrete with inexpensive area rugs will greatly reduce the amount of damage the home receives from flood waters. 

Dealing with any flood water restoration project is complicated. If the surfaces are not properly cleaned, dried, and treated to resist mold, the home may quickly become unsafe for the family to occupy. To avoid this problem, it is important to always work with a reputable water restoration contractor in your area to resolve damage from flood waters and ensure that your home will remain a safe haven for your family. 

For more information, contact a company like C & Z Construction.