Preparing Your Home for Potential Flooding | SERVPRO of Charles County and Oxon Hill
We hope you are enjoying the summer season as much as we are right now! We love the increased time spent outside and memories made with family and friends. While we are out and about, however, we stay sky-aware and make sure to stay current on the forecast.
Mother Nature is anything but predictable, so preparing your home ahead of any sort of potential storm or heavy rain can help you avoid costly flooding or standing water issues in your home.
Read on to learn some helpful tips to ride out the stormy season without suffering water damage to your Waldorf area home.
Flooding situations can pop up due to a particularly heavy rain, when the Potomac River overflows or even in the aftermath of a tropical storm. Different parts of the county and state are more vulnerable to flooding than other, so understanding your risk is crucial.
If the conditions are right and a flood warning or flash flood emergency is declared, take it seriously. Stay off of the roads and stay inside until the warning has expired. A flash flood could appear in minutes even if it is not actively raining when the alert goes out.
As soon as the watch is issued or the forecast is showing potential flood conditions, start preparing your home. If your home has a sump pump, make sure it is working properly and have it professionally inspected if you have the time ahead of the storm. You should also take the time to anchor down anything that is not secured to the ground. This includes propane tanks, lawn furniture and electrical panels.
This is also the time that you need to be restocking your emergency kit. Restock medicine, first-aid materials, batteries, shelf-stable food and fresh water. Having fresh water during a flood is crucial because drinking water from the faucet may be compromised for some time.
Once you are ready to go, be aware of any changing conditions and avoid walking through any standing water if possible. Survey the damage, take pictures of the affected area and call SERVPRO of Charles County and Oxon Hill right away.
Our team is specially trained in flood damage restoration and we can handle everything from the initial drying process to the final repairs of your floors, walls and ceiling. We will even work with your insurance company to help the claims process go smoothly. Our team will work hard for you to help you completely recover from your flood disaster as quickly and as efficiently as we can.
Flood damage can be extensive. Let SERVPRO of Charles County and Oxon Hill handle your restoration.