Living in a flood-prone area means that there's always risk of serious flooding and consequent water damage to your home. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make sure you're prepared and to optimize your home and family's protection overall. Consider using one or more of these tips and tricks:
Having the Basement Waterproofed
The most important thing you can to do protect your home and family from devastating floods is have the basement waterproofed by a professional flood prevention and protection company. Waterproofing your basement will help ensure that if a flood happens, water isn't able to seep into your home through the bottom where it's typically most vulnerable to flooding. It will help keep anything stored in your basement from being as severely damaged during flood conditions. Your service provider should be willing to inspect your basement and create a customized waterproofing plan for you that may include things such as gravity drains, the addition of exterior membranes, and even downspout engineering depending on what your space's weaknesses are.
Packing an Emergency Bag
Even with waterproofing in place, there's always a chance that your home will succumb to water damage during a flood. This can lead to your family having to move and wait until a flood restoration professional can clean things up so you can move back into the space. So, it's a good idea to pack an emergency bag that you can grab on your way out the door after a flood that seriously damages your home. Your emergency bag should include:
- A couple of changes of clothes for everyone in the household.
- Necessary toiletries and medications.
- Your insurance policy information.
- Enough cash to fund your survival for about a week.
With the basics ready to go, you and your family won't have to worry about anything but getting the humans and animals out of the damaged space. Keep the emergency bag in a closet near the front door, or even in your vehicle's trunk if you have enough space.
Making a Getaway Plan
You also need a game plan for what you'll do if it does become necessary to move away from your home for a few days while a service provider cleans up the flood mess. Whether staying with family, in a hotel room, or even in a campground, make your arrangements early by knowing who to contact to confirm your stay and putting aside the funds needed to pay for the place. How will you store and prepare food where you'll be staying? How will the kids get to school? Can the pets stay there too? Make a solid getaway plan that takes away all the guesswork and will help minimize stress after a serious flood situation.
For more information, talk to a professional like John's Waterproofing.