Avoiding Damage from Storm Flooding in Your Azusa Home
Learn How to Avoid Storm Damage to Your Property
Flooding from storms can occur at anytime and anywhere. They are the most common and expensive natural disaster in the United States, with no state being completely safe. If you ignore the risk, you could find yourself sloshing around soaked and smelly carpeting, appliances, furniture, walls, plus ruined keepsakes and electronics. Mold follows soon after.
SERVPRO can help you with flood damage in your Azusa home, including tearing out anything that is not salvageable like flooring, insulation, and walls, and replacing it with new materials. The best way, of course, is to avoid this altogether and stay above water. There are some things you can do to offer your home a bit of protection if storm flooding occurs in your area.
Safeguarding Electrical and Climate Systems
You can raise sockets, switches, wiring, and circuit breakers to at least a foot above the flood level in your area. Also, modifying your water heater, furnace, or any other anchored indoor equipment, so it is above the flood level of your property helps during a flood.
Raising or Anchoring Outdoor Equipment
Air-conditioning units, fuel tanks, and generators need to be raised over your flood level and anchored. Fuel tanks which are not anchored can break free, and supply lines which are severed contaminate the ground surrounding the area. Generators and electrical power units should also never sit on the ground.
Modifying Water Valves
A sewer system which is flooded can put sewage in your home. Install an exterior or interior backflow valve, so you do not have this happen to you. These valves should be fitted to each pipe that enters your home.
Don’t hesitate to contact our professionals at SERVPRO if your home does become a victim of flooding. The sooner you reach out to us the better, as we can prevent additional damage, such as mold growth.
Determining the Flow of Water Around Your Home
The angle of the ground, or grading, can direct water away or to your home. It is, of course, best if water drains away from your structure. You can easily determine which way the water flows by watching it or checking how it accumulates during a typical rainstorm.
Last Minute Measures
As water is rising, you can, of course, do things such as clearing your drains, gutters, and downspouts. Take rugs, furniture, electronics, plus other belongings to upper floors or raise them off the ground. Shut your electricity off at the breaker and elevate major appliances on concrete blocks.
SERVPRO has truck-mounted pumps and industrial fans and dehumidifiers to assist you in drying out your home after flooding. We work quickly and efficiently so you can get back to life as usual.
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Contact SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina as soon as you can after flooding has occurred. You can reach us anytime you need just by dialing (626) 387-4111.
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