Floods are among the most frequent, dangerous and damaging natural disasters known to man. Not all floods are alike, but there are a few common steps you should take to protect both your family and your home from a flood. First and foremost, it is best to prepare early. Make sure you have an emergency plan and an emergency kit for your family ready to go. Beyond that, protecting your home comes in two stages, and Window World of Louisville has a few tips for each.
Early Flood Preparedness
- Determine how water flows around your house. It is important to know. An easy way to figure this out is to observe your home during a regular rainstorm. Look at how the water flows and plan accordingly.
- Buy flood materials. If you wait until a flood is approaching to buy sandbags, you are going to be sorely disappointed. Stores will be sold out, and you will be left unprepared. Make sure to buy and store materials before flooding is imminent.
- Invest in flood insurance. Most home insurance plans don’t provide flood insurance. If you live in an area at risk of flooding, be sure that this is part of your home’s insurance policy. If it isn’t, contact your insurance agency and ask about adding it.
- Record all valuables. For insurance purposes, it is important to keep a written and visual record of what you have in your home. Keep receipts and serial numbers for appliances and electronics on file. This is critical when filing insurance after a flood.
- Keep copies of major documents. This includes any important documents, such as insurance policies, car titles, house deeds, birth certificates, financial records and receipts of major purchases.
What to Do When Flooding is Imminent
- Clear gutters, drains, and downspouts.Clearing blockages and bottlenecks in drainage systems will allow water to flow freely and more efficiently. Ensuring that water drains properly is essential in limiting damage to your home.
- Move belongings to higher ground. Before a flood reaches your home, move belongings as high is possible in your home. If you have a second story or an attic, move as much as possible upstairs, starting with your most valuable items. This includes things like furniture, and electronics.
- Shut off utilities.Shutting off electricity, water, and gas will prevent dangerous situations which can be hazardous to both your life and your property. To protect your house’s wiring and plumbing, make sure you turn these off before any flood waters reach your house.
- Elevate major appliances. Use concrete blocks to elevate appliances above the flood waters and prevent them from becoming ruined. To prevent damage to your air conditioner, be sure it is shut off and wrap it in plastic.
- Open windows. This may seem counterintuitive, but your windows will not prevent floodwaters from entering your home. However, you can keep your windows from breaking under pressure from floodwaters by opening them.
Take these 10 steps for flood preparation, and you will be able to reduce the damage to your home and belongings. Of course, if you have already faced damage from flooding, you may need to replace certain aspects of your home. If you need help restoring your windows, doors or vinyl siding, we are here to help!
Contact Window World of Louisville
The experienced professionals at Window World of Louisville are here to help. If you have questions about how installing the right windows, doors and siding can help prepare your home for a flood, give us a call. We’ll be glad to provide a free in-home estimate or help with any questions you may have.