Prevention for Household Flood Damage | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz
Never worrying about flooding and natural disasters would be ideal, but unfortunately that is not the reality for most homeowners in Kingston, Esopus, New Paltz, Highland or Saugerties areas.
Some form of flooding is involved in 90% of natural disasters, making it a real risk to people everywhere.
Homeowners should take this knowledge and use it to prepare themselves in case a flood becomes a possibility in the future. Here are ways homeowners can prevent water damage associated with a flood:
Know your risk. The FEMA Flood Map Tool will give you a greater understanding of your specific flooding risks as they relate to your precise location. A great tool you can customize to many different locations.
Have a conversation about emergency procedures. In case you are away when disaster strikes, ensure every family member is aware of evacuation procedures and can locate emergency supplies if required.
Digitize valuables. Go paperless with your valuables if you need them on hand often, and keep your paper copies in a weatherproof location such as a safety deposit box at a local bank.
Turn off electricity. Electricity can cause serious damage when mixed with floodwaters. Prevent shock or electrocution by cutting electricity to the affected parts of the house.
Anchor fuel and propane tanks. Keep propane and fuel from floating away by anchoring it securely to a solid surface. This will prevent hazards like pollution and fire, as well.
Planning ahead can make a big difference if you are concerned with flood damage to your home. By taking precautions ahead of time, you will have more peace of mind should an emergency occur.
If you’ve experienced flood damage or water damage from other causes, SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz is here to help. Our technicians are fully trained in water remediation, and our 24⁄7 Emergency Line means we’ll be there for you when you call.