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How to Reduce the Impact of Floods

How to Reduce the Impact of Floods

Floods can cause devastating damage to your home or business. The problems caused by flooding are widespread from causing damage to the inside and outside of your property to causing harm to your health due to exposure to unsanitary water and possible mold growth. If you live in an area where natural floods are common certain times of the year, make sure to take all the necessary precautions before they happen. Even if you don’t live in an area where floods are common, you could still face a minor flood at your home or business due to an emergency. You should always be aware of what you should have ready just in case. Being prepared is the best way to face this situation with less stress and cost involved.

House Flooding in Morris, NJ

There are various things you can do to prepare yourself to lessen the impact of a flood. Here are a few:

  • You should have a backup system such as a portable pump to remove flood water, a generator to provide you with power, and battery powered lighting.
  • Have a floodwall or flood gate installed to keep flood water away from your property.
  • Reduce seepage by properly sealing them and reinforce them to resist high water pressure.
  • Install a permanent sump pump to pump any floodwater away.
  • Install watertight barriers to prevent water from entering doors, windows, and ventilation shafts.
  • You should install backflow prevention check valves to prevent floodwater from getting into your property via your utility or sewer entry areas.
  • Install flood doors that will automatically close to keep water out after it reached a certain level.
  • You can plant trees to reduce water absorption in your area through tree roots to help slow down the rate of water flow into rivers.
  • Install a French drain which can keep surface water away from your property and keep your foundation dry.
  • Install a water storage area at your property. This includes a below-ground reservoir that can reduce the possibility of flooding at your property.
  • Install a non-return valve to prevent flood water and sewage water from backing up into your property.
  • Install an air brick cover to prevent flood damage. However, keep in mind that they need to be removed at other times to reduce wetness.

Door Opening to Flooded Room

Always have an emergency kit ready so that you and your family are ready to face a flood if it happens. Here is what should be included in your emergency kit:

  • A flashlight
  • A radio
  • Copies of your documents such as insurance and any important phone numbers
  • Batteries
  • Medicine & First Aid Kit/Blankets/Non-perishable food
  • Dry clothing
  • Cell phone
  • Some cash

You can never be fully prepared for a devastating event such as a flood. However, you can get prepared so you can face it the best that you can. Here are some tips of what you can do to prepare:

  • Have your home or business insurance ready for quick access.
  • Have copies of your documents available.
  • Have important phone numbers handy such as those for your phone, gas, and electric company.
  • If you need special assistance, have an emergency plan such as evacuation route and a backup person to help you.
  • Put away any items that could get greatly damaged such as books, paper products, and other valuables.
  • If you have a business, make sure that you clearly outlined the evacuation plan and process, emergency numbers, and next steps.
  • Make sure you protect valuable equipment as needed.
  • Have a backup location where employees and equipment can be moved if needed.

Flood Damage Drying Equipment

Now that you know how to prepare for a flood, you should also know who to contact before and after a flood.

  • Know who to contact in case you need various products and services for your business. Have a backup plan for these.
  • If possible, contact those companies who need to help you in advance so they be ready to help, and you can be less stressed than if you were contacting them during an emergency. You can also save on cost.
  • You should always have a flood plan and your staff should be aware of it. Same goes for your family. You should have a plan in place in case there is an emergency.

Have you experienced water damage at your home or business? ServiceMaster by Timeless can help. We provide water damage restoration services in Parsippany-Troy Hill, NJ, and the surrounding areas of Morris County. We remove excess water from your property and clean, dehumidify, and restore any damaged areas. Call us today at (973) 554-3002 for all your water damage restoration needs. If you have flood damage make sure to also check out our website to see the full range of flood services we offer. We will remove any flood water, dehumidify your space, and make sure to prevent mold growth.

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