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An Overview of Flood Management
By the RestorationSOS Educational Staff
When there is a reasonable expectation for flooding to occur such as during a rainy season, there are preparatory steps that can be taken to lessen the impact of water damage. Property owners should begin with the clearing of drains, gutters, downspouts and other draining support devices. Debris such as decaying leaves and trash should be taken out. If necessary, place additional soil in strategic locations in order to make sure that the slope of the landscape directs water away from the home.
Those in flood-prone areas should already be storing rugs and carpets in safer locations. They can be stored on higher floors or high shelves. Floor covering tend to be the hardest to restore because they are porous and difficult to wash out. Furniture and other valuables should also be moved to higher ground. Items that tend to float, such as fuel tanks should be secured.
Even before a flood hits, the family should already have an evacuation kit with important papers, insurance forms, and medication handy. Essentially, the emergency kit should contain what the family needs in the event that the household would have to evacuate their home for a couple of days because of flooding.
The installation of sump pumps and drains can do wonders in managing flooding in an area. Choose models that can operate even when the power is out.
After a flood hits, remove as much of the water as possible. The response should be immediate because allowing the water to stay put in the property for too long can induce more need for repair later on. Devices such as fans and dehumidifiers may be used to remove the moisture. Act quickly and salvage those items that can be salvaged. This means separating the undamaged materials from contents that were reached by flood.