If the wild weather that plagued the southeast United States earlier this
month taught us anything, it’s that a major, devastating flood can
happen at any time, and without any warning. Even in places you’d
never imagine. In fact, according to FloodSmart.gov, as many as 20 percent
of flood damage claims originate from places where the flood risk is low.
It’s important. It could save your life, and your home:
Be prepared for a flood in northern Virginia.
In the event of extreme weather, there becomes a real chance that water
could begin to accumulate in your home, the best thing to do is to shut
off the power from the main electrical panel in your home. Please note,
however, that this should be done only if your home has not yet flooded;
it is never advisable to touch an electrical panel or circuits while standing
in rising water.
Knowing what to do, and how to act before, and in the first 24 hours after
a flood can help northern Virginians avoid additional risks.
Fix any leaks, and fast.
A leaky roof, or any major cracks in the foundation will allow water to
seep into your home, thus weakening the structure and creating a breeding
ground for mold. If you see wet spots on your ceiling or other telltale
signs of a leak, call a trusted northern Virginia roofer to repair or
replace the faulty shingles right away.
Invest in a battery-powered sump pump.
Sump pumps can be an excellent defense against flooding, but maybe not
when powered by electricity alone. A battery powered sump pump will work
hard to pump water out of your home, even when the power’s out.
Clear your gutters and your drains.
Gutters and drainage systems do the work of carrying water away from your
home; help them do this job effectively by ensuring they’re free
of leaves and other debris. You might also check the communal storm drains,
which will prevent water from collecting and flooding the street.
Catalog your possessions.
Take photos and create a detailed inventory of the contents of your home.
If the unfortunate circumstance arises that you have to file an insurance
claim, your provider will thank you for being so diligent.
Prevent sewer back up.
Ask My Plumber Heating & Cooling about installing sewer or septic line check valves;
these valves will ensure that waste flows only one way. A flood is damaging
and disastrous enough, the last thing you want is to worry about sewage
backing up into the standing water in your home.
Don’t be caught off guard: