Important Steps To Protecting Your Belongings In The Event Of A Flood

Have you recently moved to an area that is at risk for flooding? Are you concerned about what will happen to your home in the event of a flood? While you can't stop a flood from occurring, there are a few things that you can do to help minimize the damage, both before and after the actual flood. Here are some things to consider:

Store or move valuables upstairs: When the floodwaters are rising, it can be difficult to remember even obvious things. You would obviously want to take your important papers with you, but larger and heavier things may be difficult to manage during an evacuation. Make a list of your most valuable items and make plans for where to put them in case you get the evacuation order. You may even want to make plans to put your appliances upstairs or at least elevate them off the floor as much as possible. Having a list like this will help prevent you from forgetting something important, only to discover this when you return to start the water clean up.

Keep things in plastic tubs: While things like canned goods aren't very expensive on their own, having to replace all of your food can put a significant dent in your wallet. Even if the cans appear to be intact and are not rusty, flood water can be rife with bacteria and other contaminants that you don't want to mess with. But when you're already paying for the water clean up, you probably don't want to spend money on food if it's not necessary. Keeping your cans, flour and, other dry goods in plastic tubs in your kitchen cabinets is a good step towards protecting your food in case of a flood. While plastic tubs aren't completely watertight, quickly taping the lid on around the perimeter before you evacuate can mean the difference between dry cans that are safe and cans that have been contaminated by flood water. 

Don't clean up the mess: When you return to your home after the flood has abated, it can be hard to resist the urge to start cleaning everything. But because of potential contamination and possible structural damage, this can be extremely dangerous for the average person. Your health and safety is more than worth the cost of paying a water clean up company that has access to all of the proper tools. Depending on how bad the flood was, they may use hazmat gear, industrial vacuums and giant fans as part of the clean up process. As a result, they'll be able to get your house habitable again faster and more efficiently than you'd be able to do on your own.