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It’s been totally miserable recently and no one can see an end to the rain, which will only mean more flooding in wider areas and more misery for those who have already been hit.
The insurance industry has already taken a beating in previous years from this and its very hard to get insurance for property in flood risk areas and if you can it is normally a bit pricey.
Here are some tips on how you can try and keep
the water out and minimize damage to your property if the water is knocking on
- Remove hard to evacuate items that are subject to water
damage such as furniture, large appliances, power tools, etc.
- Have an evacuation plan that gives you adequate warning time
to move valuable items out of the area, especially non-insurable items such as
valuable papers, etc.
- Protect what cannot be moved.
- Relocate or adjust utilities such as electrical outlets, gas
- Seal off sewer and water systems to prevent health hazards.
- Tape-over heating and air conditioning ducts along the
bottom to permit to dram out when floods recede.
- Let water in by ensuring that a doorway, window, or inlet
pipe will be open to let outside water in, before it gets deep enough outside
to damage your walls.
Some of this might seem like common sense and to be honest it is, but when faced with rising water and panic, common sense sometimes goes out of the window!
Stay safe and don’t forget that your property is not worth your life and if the flood waters do come get out while you can.