Floods can be devastating. They cause billions of dollars in damage and destroy our homes and businesses. The best way to prevent flooding damage is to protect your home and property ahead of time. O’Donnell Agency LLC of New Jersey is here to show you how.
Flood Preparation: What You Need To Do
Preparing The Outside Of Your Home
Keep your drainage system clear by clearing drainpipes, gutters, downspouts, and the washing machine drain. If it’s clogged, water won’t flow well.
You can improve the grade of your lot at home to help prevent flooding by adding soil in low spots, raising the grade in the center of your lot, and removing any rocks or debris that are in the way.
Reducing impervious surfaces will help prevent flooding by reducing the amount of pavement and parking lots. This will help increase the amount of rain that flows into your yard instead of staying on the surface. It will also reduce the amount of runoff that flows into your neighborhood.
Elevating your water heater, furnace, and other utilities is a great way to protect them from flooding. This is especially important if you live in a flood zone or a low-lying area.
Preparing The Inside Of Your Home
Protect your valuables by removing spare objects, large-value items, and essential documents. It’s best to store them in a high-quality, water-resistant safe or bank vault. If you don’t have access to a safe or vault, you can also store them in plastic boxes, Rubbermaid containers, or other airtight containers.
Seal your foundation and basement. This prevents moisture from penetrating the basement walls and prevents water from leaking into the basement.
If you have a basement, you may want to install a sump pump. A sump pump is a device that sits in your basement and pumps water out of your home.
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Are you a New Jersey resident interested in learning more about flood safety and insurance? Contact O’Donnell Agency LLC today!