There is a lot you can do to prevent floods in your home from ever occurring. However, sometimes even your best efforts aren’t enough to prevent a flood. Fortunately, there are several measures you can take to minimize the damage that a flood causes if one does occur in your home. Below are five things that you can do the minimize the damage caused by a flood.
Elevate Electrical Components
One of the main issues often caused by flooding is that it can seriously compromise your electrical system. This can lead to expensive repairs or even put you and your family in danger of electrocution. The way you can prepare for this is by hiring an electrical to come and raise the electrical components in your home. This is obviously best when you build a house this way in the first place, but if that is not the case for you it may be worth the investment for you to raise them if you are in an area prone to flooding.
Waterproof Your Basement
The basement is the area of your home that is most likely to be where a flood begins. This is because it is below ground and water can very easily run off into it if it is not sealed correctly. Thus, a great way to prevent or minimize the damage caused by flooding is to seal off any of the cracks and weak spots in your foundation and around your basement.
Safeguard Important Documents And Delicate Possessions
In a flood, there are obviously some items that are more prone to being damaged than are others. A good example of this is valuable documents like birth certificates, financial records, and social security cards. It is best to keep these documents like this up high where even if your home is flooded it is unlikely to lead to such important documents and items being damaged.
Install A Sump Pump
Having a sump pump installed in your basement is one of the most effective ways to mitigate the damage caused by a flood. A sump pump is a powerful pump that most people keep in their basement or crawlspace that can quickly pump water out of their home in the case of a flood. It is relatively inexpensive as well. You can purchase a quality sump pump at a local home improvement store for around $100-$150.
Having to deal with the effects of a flood and the resultant water damage cleanup efforts is something that no one wants to have to deal with. However, if it does happen to you, these four tips mentioned above are valuable ways to prevent that damage from becoming even more serious. For any future flooding or water damage problems you may have, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Contact Restoration in Mesa so we can restore your home and get it back to looking like new for you!