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Flood Protection for Your Property | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

Protecting your home from flooding should be a priority, no matter where you live. Damage can occur with even an inch of water, which will always leave you with a large repair bill.

If your area is not at high risk for flooding, you may not qualify for financial help. This means preparation is even more important to avoid costly repairs later.

While our weather is typically mild in our part of California, occasional flooding is always possible. Excessive rainfall that leads to flash flooding, particularly in the spring, along with the risk of water damage from wildfire mitigation means our homes need to be prepared for water extremes just as we prepare for wildfires.

Protecting Your Home From the Outside

Even with blue skies, rain can pop up unexpectedly and cause your gutters to overflow and your yard to become soggy. When your home is ready outside and in, you can rest a little easier knowing your risks are lowered.

Clean your gutters to ensure a clean water flow away from your home. Adding a downspout extension can be an inexpensive way to protect your house as water moves away.

Organic materials like mulch are also a great way to create slopes in your yard and near your home. This protects your foundation and aids in avoiding puddles. Adding a garden can also help with absorption in your yard.

There are also a few upgrades that can make a big difference if you are able to invest in them. Have electrical outlets raised and fuel tanks securely anchored for added security during a flood event.

While these can be expensive projects, a rain barrel that gathers water directly from your gutter system also goes a long way in flood prevention. And as a bonus, it gives you a free source of plant water!

Flood Protection From the Inside

The best form of protection for your property from flooding is a solid foundation and completely sealed basement.

A sump pump can also add protection from water. In areas that experience extreme weather frequently, a battery-powered pump may be a smart upgrade that will stay on even if the power is out.

For flooding that doesn’t originate outside, you can protect your home with just typical home maintenance.

Aged and worn pipes are one of the top causes of interior flooding in homes and businesses. Fix leaky faucets, and make checking the plumbing in bathrooms and the kitchen part of your regular routine.

A leak sensor device can also be a great preventive tool that will alert you when water is leaking.This can oftentimes be an addition to your home security package, so check out what upgrades are available to you for additional peace of mind.

When water enters your home, it will damage paper goods and photographs right away. Keep irreplaceable items up high or in a container that is waterproof.

Put your emergency contacts somewhere safe as well, and make sure SERVPRO is on the list. The sooner you give us a call, the faster your recovery begins.

Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO today to get your restoration completed faster.


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