Protecting Your Property From Flooding | SERVPRO® of Westfield
Not everyone realizes how important flood protection is. Some areas that are at lower risk of flooding do not have resources available to help with cleanup and restoration, so preventing property damage in the first place is an important step in mitigating repair costs.
Fortunately, you can take steps to protect your home both inside and out. Understanding the regional risks we face is important to understanding how and why preparation is key.
Texas is at risk of severe storms, which can cause flood conditions. Excessive water can enter your home and create damage, potentially promoting mold growth over time.
Now that you understand why flood protection is important in Westfield, you can take the steps to protect your home and property.
Take the time to prepare your home outside to prevent damage to the inside of your home.
Keeping gutters clear of debris allows water to freely flow through them. Without an obstruction, water is less likely to puddle around the foundation and enter the home in the first place.
Creating a nice landscape on your property can also prevent flood damage. A large garden pulls water into the soil, to the roots and away from the surface. Mulch can also create a slope that pushes away from your home, which helps protect the structure and foundation of your home.
Financially investing in a few upgrades when possible is also a good idea. Anchoring fuel tanks and adding rain barrels can be helpful during severe weather. The rain barrels collect the rainwater, which can then be used to water the plants in your garden!
Shoring up your foundation and sealing your basement should be the first things on your list to protect the inside of your home. Seal the cracks in your home’s foundation as soon as possible and purchase a sump pump for your basement.
While these are financial investments, they are important for protecting your property from damage and reducing higher costs in the long run.
When it comes to preventing flooding inside your home, regular home maintenance goes a long way.
The top reasons that homes flood from the inside include failed and worn plumbing. A leak sensor, which may be offered with your home security system, can help minimize the risk of water damage.
Make sure to keep your emergency plan handy and easily accessible for when flooding occurs. Minimize damage to precious items, including papers and irreplaceable photographs, by storing them up high in waterproof containers.
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