Did you know that flooding is the most common disaster that impacts the most people year after year? Homeowners should recognize that while some disasters are unlikely, that shouldn’t stop them from being prepared, just in case. This post will discuss some key safety measure you can take to avoid the unfortunate event of a flood in your home. You may not need to put in flood vents or raise critical parts of your home over a certain elevation level, but certain safety measures may be right for those who live in flood prone areas! Flash flooding is one of the biggest killers in the U.S. And it happens everywhere, in all 50 states and practically any community. Also, other causes such as breaking pipes and leaks can impact homeowners immensely. Do you know what you can do to stay safe and minimize damages of flooding?
Before the Flood
Before there is any sign of a flood, it is important that you take take a few safety precautions in order to prepare for what might be coming. In case a flood occurs, be sure you have plenty of drinking water stored somewhere safe. If a flood were to happen due to a broken pipe or a natural disaster, you will most likely lose your ability to have running water, at least for a short while. Stock up on food that needs little cooking or no refrigeration if you happen to loose power as well. And finally, make sure you have a battery operated radio just in case a natural disaster were to occur. The weather channel will generally keep the public updated on a daily, or hourly basis before and in the midst of a crisis. Even areas that are not prone to flooding can experience a flood. Situations like broken pipes and leaks can turn into a costly disaster even without rain or a hurricane. It can happen to anyone, a pipe breaks and you find yourself with a costly repair bill. To prevent this or any other type of flood, you can get a small device called a flood sensor.
The Flood Sensor
A flood sensor is designed to discover any leakage in your home or business. With prompt notice it gives you the time you need to salvage your valuables and shut off the water. The basement or first level of your business or residence is the best place for a flood sensor. Mount the detector on the lowermost area of your wall or even right on the floor in order to detect water. A home security system with a flood sensor can also be a great way to help make sure a vacation or vacant home is safe and secure while you’re not there. When a leak occurs, your flood sensor will warn you as soon as it senses the water. Meaning you don’t have to arrive home to find yourself knee-deep in water. And you can fix the problem quickly without costly repairs.
During the Flood
During a flood avoid areas subject to sudden flooding. Do not attempt to drive over a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped. Keep children away from storm drains or quickly moving water. Children should never play in flooding areas, viaducts, arroyos or high water. Without a flood sensor to warn you of an oncoming disaster, it is often times hard to make the decision to leave. If you must abandon your home and seek higher ground, do so immediately.
After the Flood
After the flood, be sure to discard any fresh food that has come in contact with flood water. Also, electrical equipment should be checked and dried before being returned to service. Contact your local or state public health department for specific recommendations for boiling or treating water in your area after a disaster as water may be contaminated. For more information on flood safety in the event of a natural disaster, refer to this checklist by The American Red Cross! And in the event of a broken pipe or a leak, you can use a flood sensor to detect when water is present. So instead of having an aquarium, you can have a nice, dry basement. Protect America offers flood sensors for an affordable price! Add a flood sensor to any of our home security packages today.