Spring weather can be very uncertain and unpredictable. It can change abruptly from beautiful sunny weather to a harsh storm. The combination of storms, heavy rain, and snow melting results in too much water quickly, leading to flooding. It is easy to stay unprepared, especially if such dramatic storms do not frequent your home area. But because of its unpredictability, it is essential to prepare in advance. Here are some tips to preparing for spring floods.
1. Inspect Your Roof
Access your roof for a close inspection to ensure that it can protect your house from the storm. Repair or replace any cracked shingles, punctures, and holes in your roof to prevent leakage.
2. Check Your Gutters and Downspouts
Gutters and downspouts are essential for taking water away from your house. Clear your gutters of debris and repair any leaks, cracks, and broken gutter seams. Unblock downspouts and extend them to take water away from your home if necessary.
3. Clear Snow Around the House
Clear the snow around your house so that thawed water will drain away. Additionally, unclog floor drains and direct stormwater away. Finally, you can use sandbags to protect your home from rising water levels.
4. Check Your Basement
When preparing for spring floods, remember the basement is one of the most problematic areas. Inspect the walls for any cracks or signs of seepage and make sure water does not pool outside your house. Test your sump pump before the storm and get a backup power source in case of a blackout.
5. Move Precious and Valuable Items
Save sensitive belongings such as documents and valuables by relocating them or placing them on shelves or racks away from the floor.
Buy Flood Insurance
It would help if you considered purchasing flood protection as part of your preparations for spring floods. Remember, flood insurance takes effect a month from the date of purchase.
Water Restoration Services in the Tri-Cities Area
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