Typically, floods come without warning. However, in some cases of severe weather you may actually have some warning that a flood is imminent. When you do know one’s coming you are at a great advantage because you can prepare to mitigate the flood damage. Here are four tips on how to do so from our water damage restoration pros at Serenity Restoration in Atlanta.
Sandbags are a simple, yet effective, tool for fortifying your home against flooding. Make sure you know the area where water is most likely to congregate so you can be strategic in where you place the sandbags. In time, the sandbags will become fully saturated with water. Some types of sandbags will change color to notify you when they become fully saturated. This is the best kind to use since you won’t waste any time on sandbags that aren’t absorbing any more water.
When a serious flood is imminent, damage is often inevitable. The last thing you want to have happen, however, is sustain flood damage that was completely avoidable. One way to prevent this from happening is to move valuable items like important documents and possessions to higher ground before the flood comes. This is such a simple step that it can be easy to overlook, but it will be well worth your time to save these documents and possessions if your home floods.
If you sustain flood damage in your home, you will need to file an insurance claim to compensate for the damage. One of the main steps in filing an insurance claim is submitting a detailed inventory of your possessions and the damage that they sustained from the flood. This can be a labor-intensive process, but you can cut down on this work by taking an inventory of your possessions before the flood. That way, you will be able to make accurate before and after comparisons to demonstrate what was damaged and how severe the damage was. This may even allow you to receive more money for your insurance claim.
For as simple as this is, it is surprisingly important. Understanding how water behaves around your home will allow you to be strategic with the other preparation methods you use. For example, if you know that water tends to slope towards a certain part of your home, that area is the ideal place to put sandbags.
When you hear that a flood is on the way the fight has just begun. Follow the simple tips listed above and you’ll be able significantly mitigate, if not prevent entirely, damage from the flood. Finally, should your home be damaged it’s important that you call for water damage restoration help right away. We at Serenity Restoration are one such company so don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call us for help after a flood.