Flood Preparedness Tips for Your Property

Flooding and Water Damage
  1. Use Flood Damage-Resistant Materials

Certain construction materials can help reduce the amount of water damage your home or business suffers in the event of a flood. These special materials can handle direct contact with floodwaters for up to 72 hours without sustaining the kind of significant damage that will require major repairs. Here are the top flood-resistant materials to consider before building or remodeling certain areas of your property:

  • Floors: Use concrete, pressure-treated lumber, or clay and ceramic tiles.
  • Walls & Ceilings: Use brick, metal, concrete and stone.
  • Doors: Use hollow metal doors and cabinets instead of solid wood.
  • Surfaces: Use polyester epoxy paint for added protection.
  1. Raise Electrical System Components

Water and electricity don’t mix, which means floods can wreak havoc on your property’s electrical system. You could face thousands of dollars in equipment repairs or even fall victim to a devastating fire sparked by live wires coming into direct contact with water. Raising your electrical system components can go a long way toward protecting your property when water gets involved. Follow these tips to get started:

  • Ideally, all electrical components should be raised approximately one foot above the 100-year flood level. Learn more about how this number is calculated from the S. Geological Survey.
  • Consult with a licensed professional to find out how high you can move electrical meters, switches and outlets. Your local power company can also help you determine how high you can raise your power meter.
  • Upgrade your fuse box to a more modern circuit breaker system so it can handle high fluctuations in power.
  1. Utilize Sewer Back-flow Valves

Sometimes floodwaters can cause sewage from your sewer lines to back up, pushing contaminated water back through drainage pipes and into your home or business. This damage is not only costly, but also a serious health risk. Installing a back-flow valve can prevent overloaded drain pipes from pushing return flow into your property. Configurations range from simple flap-style valves to complex gate valves and those with both. Consider the following tips before choosing your new sewer back-flow valve:

  • Look for complex valve designs that use both flap and gate styles for extra protection.
  • All valves should be installed on the main waste drain pipes leaving your building, or lines connected to equipment below the designated flood level.
  • Only allow a licensed plumbing company to make alterations to your plumbing or sewer lines.
  • Structures with sump pumps use underground lines, which may be more difficult to seal.

Wherever you live or work, a flood could affect you. Having the right preparations in place can help reduce damage to your property during a flood and mitigate safety risks for your family or coworkers. Once the waters have subsided, you can depend on the professionals at ServiceMaster by Stechyn & Son to help reverse any damage your property did sustain. Our expert teams are available 24/7/365 to provide the help you need to get your property back to normal as soon as possible after a flood.

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