Spring Storms Mean Flooding Cleanup
Flooding cleanup follows spring storms and runoff like puppies follow toddlers, nipping at its heels and making a mess wherever they go. But there are common sense precautions you can take to reduce the risk of flooding in your home or business. And it’s always important to remember safety in the event that you find yourself with a flooding cleanup project.
Flooding Cleanup Prevention
The best way to avoid flooding cleanup headaches is to prevent the flooding in the first place. The idea is to “think like water,” going over your home or business with a fine-tooth comb, assessing the risks of flooding on your property, strategies to mitigate those risks and ways to minimize damage, should flooding occur.
Start on the exterior, inspecting drainage features such as ditches, culverts and French drains. Note any evidence of past flooding, such as gullies and other signs of erosion from fast-running water. Next, move on to the actual structures on your property, checking to ensure proper maintenance of gutters, downspouts, sump pumps and other features designed to channel or remove water from your property. In addition to these areas, consider these situational and seasonal precaution reminders:
- Routinely inspect exposed plumbing for signs of corrosion and failure.
- When severe cold weather threatens, cover and insulate all exposed exterior faucets, as well as exposed water pipes in crawl spaces and unheated areas of your property.
- At least once a year, review your property insurance policies to ensure they adequately cover reasonable flooding risks. Additions and other renovations can render coverage inadequate.
Flooding Cleanup Safety
We talk about safety a lot. We’re not trying to be repetitive and monotonous. We just understand that flooding cleanup and restoration is tough, nasty, hazardous work. So we take every opportunity to remind our neighbors to be mindful of safety at all times as they recover from unfortunate events. With this in mind, remember these safety tips any time you work on any flooding cleanup project:
- Standing water is nasty. It can contain everything from pesticides to deadly bacteria. Wear protective outerwear available at hardware stores and make sure you thoroughly clean up everything used in the cleanup work, especially yourself.
- Flooded structures with electricity can create electric shock hazards.
- Standing water can hide sharp debris and other hazards. Work cautiously in flooded structures.
The bottom line that nothing is more important to safety. Taking shortcuts that put you or others at risk is simply not worth the potential for injury.
Flooding Cleanup Help
If you find yourself confronting a tough flooding cleanup job, remember you don’t have to go it alone. Call Delta Disaster Services for Peace of Mind During Uncertain Times®.