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Water Damage Prevention | SERVPRO® of Gwinnett County South

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water covering a kitchen floor. Water damage throughout the kitchen floor.

Many homeowners know about the dangers of fires or thunderstorms, but have you considered that flooding could also be a hazard? It is reported that 90% of natural disasters include some form of flooding, making it crucial for homeowners to be informed.

How Can Homeowners Lessen Their Flood Damage Risk?

Flooding can cause excessive damage to the unprepared home, and though natural disasters cannot be prevented, these devastating damages sometimes can:

Know your risk. Check in with your local emergency officials and the FEMA Flood Map Tool to understand precautions and risks specific to your location.

Anchor propane and fuel tanks. If a fuel tank tips over due to a flood, it can lead to a dangerous spill or even a fire. Remove fuel tanks from the property or anchor them securely.

Turn off electricity. It might seem unlikely that the floodwaters will interact with the electrical current in the home, but it is a recipe for disaster regardless. Prevent shocks and electrocution by making certain to cut the electricity to affected areas of the home.

Discuss emergency procedures. Make sure your family is aware of the evacuation plan and where to locate emergency supplies in the event that you are not home.

Raise hazardous materials. Chemicals and other hazardous substances are in a lot of everyday household items. Elevating these substances will allow you to keep them from polluting the water in your home.

Prepare appliances. Using household objects, elevate appliances to prevent their internal workings from becoming waterlogged.

In the event of a disaster, keeping your family safe is most important. Take advance precautions and plot out evacuation procedures ahead of time to help protect your home from extensive water damage and protect your family from danger as well.

If you’ve experienced water damage due to a flood or other causes, SERVPRO® of Gwinnett County South is here to help. Our fully trained water remediation technicians will be there for you when you call.

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