21 Mar Spring Flooding – prepare now.
Spring Flooding can cause damage you never expected for your business, or your home. Here are some tips to follow now!
While you are taking personal safety precautions, such as preparing an evacuation kit with important papers, insurance documents, medications and needed items for your family and pets, IBHS recommends you take the actions on this checklist to reduce property damage to your home:
Clear drains, gutters and downspouts of debris.
Move furniture and electronics off the floor, particularly in basements and on first floor levels.
Roll up area rugs, where possible, and store them on higher floors or elevations. This will reduce the chances of rugs getting wet and growing mold.
Inspect sump pumps and drains to ensure proper operation. If a sump pump has a battery backup, make sure the batteries are fresh or replace the batteries
Shut off electrical service at the main breaker if the electrical system and outlets will be under water.
Place all appliances, including stove, washer and dryer on masonry blocks or concrete at least 12 inches above the projected flood elevation.