Readying Your Home for a Flood | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
Worrying about a flood is typically not on a homeowner’s to-do list, but considering 90% of natural disasters include some form of flooding, it is important for homeowners to know how to prepare even if they do not live on a historic floodplain.
The damage from floods can be devastating for homeowners, but with some advanced planning, it can be lessened. These precautions will help you [protect your home from flood damage]](https://articles.extension.org/pages/13242/steps-to-reduce-flood-and-water-damage) and keep your family safe:
Raise hazardous materials. Any liquids that contain hazardous chemicals should be elevated to prevent spills into the water. Substances like antifreeze or coolant can make the floodwater toxic and even lead to fires in some cases.
Anchor propane and fuel tanks. A rushing current can easily carry away a fuel or propane tank, even if it is mostly full. Secure them safely to prevent creating an explosion risk.
Prepare appliances. Bricks or cinder blocks can be utilized under refrigerators and dishwashers to keep their motors and internal workings from getting hit with water.
Turn off electricity. Water and electricity do not mix, even if you think it is unlikely to rise to the levels of electrical outlets. Cut the breaker off in any rooms that may be at risk.
Elevate valuables. Family memories cannot be replaced, but important documents might be very difficult to get reissued as well. Passports, social security cards and any precious items should be protected or kept off-site.
Discuss emergency procedures. Educate your household about what to do in the event of a disaster. Keep emergency food and water on hand, and know the evacuation procedures in your area.
Keeping your home and family safe is what’s most important during a disaster. By taking advance precautions and understanding evacuation procedures ahead of time, homeowners can help to protect their home from extensive water damage and keep their family safe from harm as well.
If you’ve experienced water damage due to a flood or other causes, SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville is here to help. Our technicians are fully trained in water remediation, and our 24⁄7 Emergency Line means we’ll be there for you when you call.