Preparing Your Home for Potential Flooding
It has been wet, wet, wet across Texas in the last week. We feel like we will perpetually be dumping water from our boots, but now it seems like waters are rising elsewhere. Considering how dry things have been lately, we’re now seeing a surge in rising flood waters, high water rescues and thousands of dollars in home damages. We always hope our customers stay dry but just in case things get hairy, here’s some tips on preparing your home for potential flooding.
Flooding can happen at any time during any season. North Texas sees the most flood potential during the Spring and Summer months while down south, yes further south, coastal cities see this risk rise during hurricane season. While being prepared for any weather event is important, you can gauge your risk further by recognizing where your home is. Do you live near a lake, river or coast? Is your home located in a low-lying area? These are important factors to remember while preparing your home for potential flooding.
Since flooding can occur rapidly or slowly over the course of a few days, it’s always important to be ready to act. Set aside a waterproof container with important gear like flash lights, extra batteries, a radio and first aid kits. You can also store a large container of water and other perishables in case you become locked in place during a flood. Reduce the risk of damage to structures by elevating utilities like electrical switches, sockets and appliances. If you have a basement, be sure to waterproof it to the best of your ability and keep a water pump at hand. Head outside and be sure your gutters and downspouts are clear of any debris to help keep the flow of water away from the base of your home. And finally, be sure any furniture, valuables or important documents are kept safe in the event of water entering your home.
While a Texas Flood could drive even Stevie Ray Vaughn insane, you’re now a little more prepared for when the waters rise.
“Well dark clouds are rollin’ in. Man I’m standing out in the rain. Yeah flood water keep a rollin’. Man it’s about to drive poor me insane.”
For more information on preparing your home for potential flooding, visit the FEMA information page.
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