Spring Flood Tips
Spring snowmelt often leads to flooding conditions in Massachusetts. This year’s record snowfall could make the spring thaw even wetter. These tips will help reduce the impact spring floods have on you and your property.
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Watch for Pooling Water
Look for places around your property where water pools, then channel it away from buildings. Make sure gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and are directing water as intended.
Consider a French Drain
If your basement frequently floods, you should consider a French drain and sump pump to keep the water at bay. Standing water in your basement is a host for dangerous microbes that may affect your family's health.
Maintain Sump Pump
If you have a sump pump, check to be sure it is operational before water starts rising. You may find you need a back-up generator to ensure your pump works when you need it most. Contact your insurance agent to add coverage in case your sump pump fails.
Raise Storage Goods
Use shelving and/or pallets to keep storage items off the floor to reduce the impact of small floods. In many situations, raising boxes just a few inches will be enough to keep storage goods above the water line.
Cut Power if Necessary
As rising water approaches the level of electrical outlets, you risk having a live current flow through all the water. Cut the power if you can do so safely without standing in water. Otherwise, evacuate and contact an electrician to cut the power before you go back in for recovery.
Keep Storm Drains Clear
If you see water pooling around a storm drain in your neighborhood, the drain may be clogged with debris. Clearing the debris will help keep the water flowing away from your property.
Consider Flood Insurance
Homeowners insurance will not cover floods; you must purchase a separate policy for flood protection. When all else fails, flood insurance will provide you with the means to respond to a catastrophic flooding event.
Be Aware on the Road
Be careful when driving during spring storms, especially when you hear of flash flood watches and warnings. Never drive into fully submerged roadway. The water surface will be at the same level as the pavement you can see. This view will deceive you into thinking the water is shallow because you cannot see how the road dips under the surface.
When a flood happens, you need to act fast to dry out any wet items, particularly structural materials like walls and flooring. Call SERVPRO® of Coos, Curry, and Del Norte Counties at (541) 808-2600 to extract water and mitigate any mold growth. Our franchise professionals have the training and experience to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.”