Flooding is the leading cause of damage to homes, so it is crucial to be prepared and to protect your house in advance. While it’s smart to get flood coverage, there are many steps you can take to help minimize the risk of flooding and possible damage. Continue reading for four ways you can protect your home from flooding.
Every home should have an emergency kit and an evacuation plan in place in the event of a natural disaster. Your emergency kit for a flood should include extra clothing for all family members, necessary toiletries, insurance policy numbers and contact information, and spare cash to get you through a few days if you need to evacuate your home.
Flood Proofing Your House
In addition to being prepared for an emergency, it’s important to be proactive and protect your home from water damage. First, be sure that any cracks in your foundation are sealed as soon as possible. You may be able to repair gaps in the foundation on your own, but if water seeping into your home is a continuous problem, you should call a professional for a permanent fix. Next, apply sealants to your walls, windows, doorways, and foundation to help keep water from entering your house. Third, buy a battery-powered sump pump to remove the water as efficiently as possible. Most sump pumps run on electricity, but flooding can also result in a power outage, so it’s best to keep a back-up battery-powered sump pump charged for emergencies.
While flood-proofing your home is good practice, sometimes flooding is imminent and cannot be stopped. If you live in a multiple story home, store your expensive or sentimental items on the second or third floor to keep them as safe as possible from rising waters. All electrical outlets and equipment in your home should also be at least one foot above flood level to reduce the risk of electrical damage.
If your home is flooding frequently or has been struck with a devasting natural disaster, it’s crucial to call a professional contractor as soon as possible. At Smith and Son’s, we offer flood cleanup restoration services that include everything from assessing the damage and cleaning the area to working with your insurance company and insurance adjuster to ensure you take advantage of all benefits available and stay stress-free during the process.
Flood Cleanup Restoration from Smith & Son’s Contracting
If you are ready for expert flood cleanup restoration services at any time of day, Smith & Son’s Contracting has the expertise, quality, and experience in the restoration and insurance industries you need. We take pride in what we do, and we know that you will too. For an exceptional job at an honest price throughout the Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Pasadena, Ellicott City, Severna Park, and Columbia areas, give us a call today at (410) 360-5252 or 1-800-246-3782 for 24/7 insurance home emergency service. You can also keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and contact us here. We look forward to serving you.