How to: Prevent Flooding in your Home
Weather here in Michigan can be unpredictable, sporadic, and just plain crazy. Water damage is increasingly common and can happen at any time. Learning how to protect your home in the event of a rapid spring thaw, melting snow, or a heavy rainfall is crucial. When it comes to flooding, taking preventive measures before it happens can save you the hassle of dealing with water and structural damage, electrical damage, and even mold.
Prevention is key! Knowing the steps to take in order to protect your home from water damage can save you valuable time and money.
Clean your Gutters:
Making sure your gutters are clear of debris and extending downspouts will help redirect water away from the structure of your home. Check our recommendation for mesh gutter guards here.
Walk around the parameter of your home when it rains to ensure that water is flowing away from your home, not towards it.
Install a Sump Pump:
A sump pump is a pump that is used to remove water that has accumulated in the basin. Found in most basements, sump pumps act like a drain and can help prevent flooding in your basement. Click here for our recommendation on a high quality sump pump.
Back up Sump Pump:
At times, sump pumps can fail. Having a battery operated back up sump pump can help in case of emergency. Click here for our recommendation.
Check your Insurance Policy:
Water damage claims are the number one cause of home insurance losses throughout most of the United States. Be sure to check your insurance policy to make sure you have flood coverage.
There are several different types of moisture detection warning systems that can be used to alert you when there is moisture in your basement. Check out our recommendation here.
Backup generators are great to have when your power goes out as they can prevent your pipes from freezing and keep your sump pump running.
Grading Around your House:
Frequently checking the grading around your house can help ensure that water is flowing away from your home.
Ensure that your storm drains are working properly and are clear of debris.
You have water damage in your home, now what?
If you experience water damage of any kind it is important to call a certified and insured professional to guarantee the water is removed properly. Ensuring the structure is completely dry is crucial to preventing mold from forming and creating further damage to your home. A burst in your water line cannot only be damaging to your home, but very dangerous to your health if not sanitized properly. Leave the worry to the experts and rest easy knowing that our state of the art equipment can clean and sanitize your home, the right way. For more information on our restoration services call 517-618-1375.
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