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4 Ways to Keep Your Family Safe from Fall Floods

Fall floods can cause an incomprehensible amount of damage in the blink of an eye, and those disasters are frighteningly common. While you won’t ever be able to make your home completely impervious to floods, there are some simple steps that you can take to protect your family and minimize water damage in your home.

Modify Your Electrical System

When water comes into contact with sockets and wires, it could result in an electrical fire or serious injuries. Those are just a few of the reasons why you might want to modify your electrical system so that all of the components are at least one foot above the expected flood line. You should also think about putting your furnace and water heater on stands that lift them up by a few inches.

Add a Gate Valve

Your city’s sewage system could become filled to the brim during a flood, and some of that water might get into your house if you don’t have backflow valves. Traditional flap valves are relatively cheap, but they might not withstand a heavy flood. Gate valves are much sturdier, and they can be installed just as quickly. All you will need to do is turn off your home’s water supply and install the valve somewhere along the primary sewage line.

Install Sump Pump

If you don’t install a sump pump and water gets into your basement, then you will most likely need mold remediation services. The primary purpose of a sump pump is to remove standing water from your basement, but it is also going to lower the humidity levels. High humidity invites mold growth, and the spores can make your family sick before you even notice that the mold is there. Installing a sump pump is a relatively easy process, but you might want to hire a certified plumber if you have never carried out this type of project.

Create an Emergency Plan

Establishing a comprehensive emergency plan is going to greatly improve your family’s safety during a flood or any other natural disaster. In addition to keeping a stash of supplies in your home, you should also teach your family how to operate some of your home’s safety features such as the gate valve, sump pump, and breaker box. Everyone in your family should also know how to use the fire extinguishers and first aid kits that are in your home.

Protecting your home and family from fall floods is incredibly important, but you need to make sure that you have adequate insurance as well. Most home insurance doesn’t cover flood damage, and that means you will need to add a rider to your policy if you live in a flood zone.

Tim Esterdahl

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