According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, flooding is the most common and expensive weather-related problem in the U.S. Knowing the flood level in the area where you live can help you protect your home against water damage.
Our water and fire damage restoration professionals share ways to protect homes in flood-prone areas.
Electrical & HVAC Systems
Place wiring, sockets, switches and circuit breakers at least a foot above expected flood level. Complete necessary changes so your furnace, water heater and other anchored indoor equipment sit above property flood level.
Anchor and elevate outdoor equipment like fuel tanks, air conditioners and generators. Unanchored fuel tanks can break free and damaged supply lines will contaminate the ground. Never place power units and generators on the ground.
Sewage can back up into your home if your sewer system gets flooded. Contact Action Restoration for water removal if this happens to your home to prevent further damage. Avoid this problem by installing an exterior or interior backflow valve.
Waterflow Around Your Home
You can determine how water flows around your home by watching how it accumulates during a rainstorm. Consult your country planning or environmental services department if you notice that your street is prone to have standing water after a mild rainstorm.
Modify Your Landscaping
Digging depressions or swales to direct stormwater runoff away from your home can reduce potential flooding. This goes the same as converting concrete or asphalt driveways to gravel or brick and using absorbent mulch.
In Case of Flooding
Move furniture, rugs, electronics and other valuables to the upper floors. Shut off electricity at the breaker panel and elevate major appliances onto concrete blocks if they are at risk of being flooded.
Action Restoration is a leading provider of water and fire restoration services. We also offer remodeling and mold remediation. Call us at (616) 200-8946 or complete our online form to receive immediate assistance.