Floods can happen at any time of the year. The Fall and Winter storms can overload reservoirs, snowmelt can cause rivers to overflow in the spring, and Summer rains can break barriers. It’s hard to predict when you might see flooding, but you can at least prevent some of it by doing the following:
Keep Gutters Clear
Water can seep under shingles and start sneaking into the house when it overflows your gutters. Gutters clear of leaves and other debris allow the water to flow down to the drain properly. Proper drainage will keep the floodwaters outside of your home long enough for you to bring out the sandbags.
Add French Drains To Landscapes
French drains are rock-lined drainage ditches that go through a landscape. These can be quite attractive in many yards, and they are ecologically friendly. Mostly though, they are good at keeping water sluicing away from your home.
Close Foundation Cracks
Groundwater can seep up into cracked foundations, and that will open you up to a host of problems with mold and flooding. Check your basement and first floor regularly for soundness.
Get The County Involved
Your county planning department is supposed to deal with water flow issues, so if you see water pooling in one place in your home after it rains, they can help you keep it from your house. Likewise, they can tell you if you are on a flood plain and how to prepare for a flood.
If All Else Fails, Know The Right Carpet Cleaners
Water damage can be severe, and you will want someone certified in water restoration to be fixing your carpet as soon as possible, so you don’t have to deal with the repercussions. Additionally, insurance companies often prefer to work with carpet cleaners who are certified as experts in fixing water damage. Fortunately, Spotless Carpet Cleaners makes sure that their employees know the standard of care for flooded carpets and can help you after a flood. If you need your carpet saved from flood damage, or want it cleaned, contact us.