Spring Flooding Prevention
Spring is known for its unpredictable weather. The combination of heavy rains and rapid snow thaw from the mountains can result in severe home flooding. Here are vital tips to prepare your home for spring thaw and prevent water damage:
- Remove snow around your house with a shovel so that thawed snow will drain away from your home. Also, remove obstructions or debris that could prevent water from being carried away from your house.
- Check your home’s drainage. Ensure that flood drains outside your house are not obstructed by debris. Roof drains should be open and flow freely.
- Clear gutters of all ice, snow and any possible blockages.
- Have your roof inspected to ensure that it is prepared for storms and to keep water out of your house.
- Elevate items in the basement. Relocate sensitive items, such as documents or electronics to the upper levels of your home.
- Install a sump pump in the basement. Sump pumps protect your basement from flooding by removing excess water around your home’s foundation, transporting it safely outside. If you already have a sump pump, make sure it is clean and the intake valve is clear. Test the sump pump to ensure it’s in proper condition.
- Purchase flood insurance ahead of time. Most homeowners’ policies do not include flood damage so it’s important to purchase this protection separately. However, make the call today as flood insurance becomes effective 30 days after the date of purchase.
- If you do run into flood water entering your home call SERVPRO OF HELENA & GREAT FALLS. 406-458-6008.