FLOOD DAMAGE CLEANUP
Flood Damage Cleanup
This week we are expecting heavy rain in the Northern VA and Southern MD area. Weather forecasts predict rainstorms for six days straight, and with that much rainwater flood damage cleanup companies are sure to be busy with floods. Flood damage cleanup is both expensive and time sensitive, so I put together a few tips help prevent flood damage in your home. Keep in mind these tips to prevent flood damage and are not listed in any order of importance.
Over fifty percent of flood damage in the Northern VA and Southern MD area caused by heavy rains is associated with sump pump failures. In fact, sump pump failure is considered one of the top causes of flood damage cleanup. With this fact in mind, I suggest checking your sump pump to make sure it is working properly. Having a backup power source is also highly recommended. During heavy rains land becomes saturated as rainwater soaks into the ground. However, a sump pump works to pump that water into a sewage drain to prevent flood damage. Again, a properly functioning sump pump is a major key to preventing flood damage or the need for flood damage cleanup.
Of course, the foundation of your home is the main defense against flood damage; but in Northern VA and Southern MD, a solid foundation and strong sump pump go hand in hand and really should not be separated. This brings me to my second tip: repair any cracks in your foundation. Most homeowners’ insurance will not cover flood damage cleanup due to a crack in the foundation but will cover flood damage due to a sump pump failure. The cost of repairing a crack in the foundation of your home to prevent flood damage is must less than the cost of flood damage cleanup and restoration.
The next of common cause of flood damage is water intrusion through a window water well. All too often basements flood because of a faulty or missing window water well and in many cases, this will not be covered by insurance. Therefore, my next tip is to check and secure all window water wells to prevent flood damage and the need for flood damage cleanup and restoration.
My final tip to prevent the need for flood damage cleanup is obvious but is also commonly overlooked. Check your gutters and drains to make sure they are clean and clear of debris. With heavy rain fall it is easy for the drain at your basement door to become clogged by debris allowing rainwater to intrude and flood your basement. Remember, proper-preparation-prevents-poor-performance so I suggest keeping an eye on these aspects to protect your home and prevent flood damage.