Preparing Your Home for a Flood
No one wants to think about the worst happening, but it’s better to be prepared now than waiting until after a disaster strikes. No matter where you live, a flood is always a possibility. Whether it’s a flash flood from a rising river or water damage from melting snow, flooding in your home is a possibility. Here are tips on how to prepare for a flood, and what to do if the worst happens.
How to prepare for a flood:
Floods are among the most common weather hazards in the United States, because they can happen anywhere for a number of reasons at any time of year. Heavy rainfall can cause even small creeks and rivers to rise up to 30 feet in a very short time period, and flash floods can move cars, uproot trees and destroy infrastructure and homes.
According to the Red Cross, to prepare for a flood or other natural disaster, you should keep a stash of supplies in your home. These include:
- A three-day supply of water, which is a gallon per person per day
- A three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered radio
- First aid kit
- A supply of any medication needed
- Multi-purpose tool
- Personal hygiene and sanitation items
- Physical copies of personal documentation, like medication lists, home information, insurance policies and birth certificates
- Emergency blanket
- Extra clothing, a hat, sturdy shoes, rain gear
- A camera to take photos of damage
So the worst has happened. Your home was flooded. Whether it’s from a burst pipe or a natural disaster, there are some things you can do quickly after a flood to mitigate damage and help move toward repairing your home.
- Assess the risks – If the flood was due to a natural disaster, make sure the danger has passed and your home is stable before re-entering. Stay safe and vigilant.
- Take pictures – Before moving anything, removing water or making repairs, take photos to document the damage. Your insurance company will need these.
- Protect yourself – Even if you think the water in your home looks clear, it could be contaminated or unsafe. This is why it’s best to trust professional remediation and restoration services such as Allied 24/7 Property Restoration, as they have the tools to complete this work safely.
- Call your insurance – Do this as soon as possible after a flood. Groundwater flood damage isn’t typically covered by insurance, but other causes, such as a burst pipe, might be. Work with your insurance agent to figure out your coverage level.
- Mitigate mold damage – As we’ve talked about in past blogs, mold can start to form fast. Remove wet carpets, bedding and other items, begin to air out the area and start the restoration work immediately to avoid mold growth.
After talking with your insurance agent about the flood damage, you’re going to want to get started on water damage restoration right away. The longer water or damp items sit in your home, the more extensive the damage. Call a water damage restoration company like Allied 24/7 Property Restoration to get started on repairing your home. Allied 24/7 is prepared to help you deal with the aftermath of a flood. We were one of the only companies in the Flathead Valley to aide those in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and are proud to be one of the top water damage restoration companies in Montana.
If you’ve experience water damage due to flooding, contact Allied 24/7 Property Restoration today to get started.