Home owners can never be too prepared for storm, hurricane, or flood damage to their homes. Below is a helpful checklist including several steps families can take to minimize property damage as a result of hazardous weather conditions.
The three phases we’ve broken it down to include the mitigation phase, preparation phase, and recovery phase, depending on the events timeline.
The mitigation phase includes steps that should be taken care of way before a storm or flood season. These steps should be maintained throughout the year.
- Get your property assessed by a professional for risk areas in or around the property. This includes identifying low areas where water is likely to accumulate and flow toward the property. This allows you to sandbag the area appropriately to re-route, or minimize the inflow of water.
- Another great idea is to use dry and wet flood proofing as necessary. Flood proofing prevents water from entering a building. Wet flood proofing allows it to enter but minimizes water damage. As indicated by this FEMA flood proofing guide wet flood proofing reduces the hydrostatic pressure on the property and therefore reduces the risk for structural damage.
- Ensure your sewer contains check valves or catch basins, and if not, these will need to be installed. This prevents backflow of sewer water up through the trap while allowing downflow of water into the sewer.
- Make sure above ground fuel tanks are well anchored, preventing them from floating away during a flood.
- Develop an exit plan and procedures for occupants to take during a flooding situation, and make sure everyone is trained to follow them.
The preparation phase includes items that should be carried out when flooding is forthcoming, so you can ensure solid protection for your property.
- Stockpile sandbags and place them in low areas where water tends to gather or flow toward your property.
- Stock up on emergency, food, water, first aid and any other supplies you may need
- Secure or remove outdoor furniture and any other impediments that may get dispersed or damaged during storm or flood conditions.
- Turn off all utilities including electric, gas and water if planning to evacuate your property for a period of time.
- Re-locate any valuables, documents, electronics, and anything else you feel is important to salvage. This could be a flood safe area of the property, or at another location on higher ground.
At the recovery phase, you will mitigate damage to your property and it’s contents until a professional water restoration company arrives.
- Contact your home or flood insurance provider immediately.
- Contact the team at Pro Restoration from the number at the bottom of this page. Our water and flood restoration services will minimize damage, accelerate cleanup and help you get your life back to normal.
- Turn off the electricity, natural gas and water if this wasn’t done at the prep phase. Keep them off until restoration specialists can inspect these systems for damage.
- After flood water recedes, examine the condition of the property interior and exterior. You’ll want to take detailed notes of the damage and take as many photos of the as possible. Give everything to the restoration company when they arrive.
- Sweep any standing water out of the property immediately to minimize structural damage and potential mold growth, which can lead to health risks.
- Remove wet carpeting and furnishings and move them to a dry or sunny area if possible.
- Remove debris or any damaged belongings to clear out the property as much as possible before our cleanup and restoration team arrives.
We hope these checklists serve to protect your family and property during storm season. As the saying goes…hope for the best, but plan for the worst.