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The Basic Steps to Prevent Flood Damage | SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda

4/1/2024 (Permalink)

rain water pooling on a hardwood floor after a storm with a man in work boots walking through it SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda is ready to help in a moments notice after spring showers leak in to your home or business.

When faced with a tricky task, how do you approach it? Do you jump all in right away without knowing all the details, or do you break down the problem and bring it back to the basics of what you know?

We would bet that you are usually more successful when you break it down and work with what you know. This approach works in many different scenarios, including when it comes to preventing home damage.

For example, small preventive steps that you take now can have a big impact on preventing flooding issues during the rainy season! Incorporate the basic tasks below into your week to help you prepare for the season ahead.

Understanding Floods

Flooding can happen when severe weather comes to town, but that is not the only way that your home can experience water damage. Busted water lines, faulty appliances and even the rare instances of broken dams or levees can cause serious water issues in a short amount of time.

We are surrounded by water, thanks to Lake Erie, and we experience some pretty intense storms due to the lake effect. That alone can increase the risk for flooding in our community at any given time. Do you know your own property’s flood risk?

Whether your home is in a designated flood zone or not, you should still be taking steps to reduce your risk even further. Adding extra drainage to your property or lengthening your downspouts are two easy tasks to make sure any rain that does fall has a more productive place to go.

If you live in a neighborhood with a lot of tree coverage, it is crucial that you address any gutter issues immediately. Clear out clogs or blockages as soon as you notice them, or better yet, install gutter covers to keep out leaves and other yard debris.

Additional Preparation Methods

While understanding our community’s flood risk is important, we can’t always prevent flooding issues from happening. The good news is that you can learn a lot about your property when it does flood so you can make some permanent changes.

If your basement gets wet regularly when it rains, you can address any drainage issues or even have your property professionally graded to help move the water down and away from your foundation.

If you struggle with water leaks around troublesome windows, you can have them sealed or replaced to help keep the moisture outside where it belongs. Finally, if you notice that your sump pump isn’t turning on when it should, you can address this issue quickly to make sure it is working when you really need it most.

When you start at the beginning, you can set your home up for long-term success. We are always here to help if your property suffers from any sort of water damage this season and beyond.

Do you have water damage in your home? Contact us at SERVPRO® for fast recovery.

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