Even if you don’t live in a flood zone, severe storms can be unpredictable just like drain run-off. Whether you live in a low-lying area or just have a home at the bottom of a hill, there are ways to prepare.
Use these tips to prep for a flood
Clear the basement floor
National Geographic estimates that floods cause about $6 billion in damage each year. Depending on the history of storms in your area, you may want to remove all valuables from off the floor in your basement. Plastic storage containers can help, but keep in mind if they are only 2-3 feet high, they may still be vulnerable to a sudden flash flood. Try using shelving that you can stack and keep the bottom 2-3 feet of your basement empty – of valuables that can’t be replaced. That way even if you get caught by a sudden storm, you just have to mop up and get a wet vac.
Ask about the storms in the area
If you’re in a new neighborhood, the worst thing you can do is buy a property in a low-lying area or a region that’s prone to storms because you just didn’t know. While homeowners are obligated to divulge if a home is in a flood zone, they don’t have to tell you if they had a flood in the past. Be sure to ask so you can prepare if indeed you do move in.
Prepare for a storm
Depending on how much rain you might get with a potential flood, you could end up being inconvenienced if you have to mop up water, but if your entire home is under water, this can set you back by several weeks and you can lose all your belongings. Always keep a box with your homeowner’s insurance, all legal documents and any cash and credit cards that you may need. Also, consider downloading cherished family photos to your cloud storage. That way if its an emergency, you can just grab your computer, car keys, your storage box and the cat!
Think about your pets and the pertinent things you need
If you are traveling, no one wants to hear about a pet perishing in a storm because they were trapped in the basement with rising flood waters, or worse, roaming the streets lost due to a high current with you nowhere in sight. You could be stuck at work with your pets at home. Consider leaving an extra key with neighbors or let the authorities know if your town is evacuated and you’re away that your pet is still there.
You also want to factor in that if there’s a severe flood, you want to ensure you have the medications that you will need. If you know that a bad storm is coming, be sure to bag up your meds in water-proof bags, take your pets and any extra food, your legal documents and computer, and head for dry ground. You can always make repairs or rebuild by contacting a water damage repair service in Tampa FL.