Being Prepared for Flood Damage
Flood Damage Preparation and Recovery
Even though fire might be the most common concern with homeowners, you could be as many as ten times more likely to experience Marina Del Rey flood damage. Sources of water damage to your property can come from moisture that is weather-related such as flash floods, levee, dam failures, flooding due to heavy rains, mudflows, and tidal storm surges.
When you live in a high-risk flood zone, this increases your chances of experiencing a flood, however being outside these zones does not necessarily mean you are safe.
Before, During and After a Flood – Protecting Your Property
The following steps can help you to prepare and recover from flood damage which can potentially be costly.
-Know what the flood zone risk is for your property and evaluate your risk for floods.
-Make sure your water heater, furnace and other permanent equipment are elevated above the flood levels that are expected in your area.
-Regularly inspect drains and sump pumps.
-Have a certified electrician give you a transfer switch if you own a generator for your sump pump so it can be operated in the event of a flood.
-Have a plumber who is licensed install an exterior or interior valve for preventing back flows to stop sewage from backing up.
-Have sandbags accessible to assist in diverting very high water away from your foundation.
-Learn you community’s flood alert signals.
-Collect emergency building materials. This can include plastic sheeting, plywood, nails, lumber, sandbags, and shovels.
-Create and practice a route for evacuation.
-Review with the whole family where the utility shutoffs are.
-Have a survival kit with important documents including insurance documents, plus medications and other critical items.
During the Flood
-Listen to a television or radio that is battery operated for the latest in storm information. If you are told to leave, turn off your utilities and leave right away.
-Avoid rushing waters, moving to high ground and don’t walk or drive through floodwaters.
-Keep your distance from downed electrical wires and power lines.
After the Flood
-Don’t return home until authorities have indicated it’s safe to do so.
-After you are home, look for damage. Record all damages and speak with SERVPRO so that we can come out and assess your damages and make a plan for remediation.
-Look out animals that may have gotten into your home.
-Throw away any food which has made contact with floodwaters.
-Get rid of standing water as soon as possible. This is also where SERVPRO professionals can help you.
-We will also help you to remove soaked carpets and padding, and dry out anything in your home that is salvageable.
Flood damage in Marina Del Rey can be very damaging and dangerous. Let the professionals at SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach by calling them right away at (310) 395-9050.