If you live in or near a flood zone, you need to have a plan for protecting your home against water damage. Having a plan of action will help ensure that you don't have to deal with serious water damage every year.
Tip #1: Know Who to Call for Water Damage Restoration Service
If you think that your home is at risk of water damage, you want to know who to contact for assistance should your home sustain water damage. Find the number of your local water damage restoration service and save their number. That way, if your other preventative measures fail, and you need the assistance of a water damage team after a flood, you will know who to call and where to get help.
You can even talk to their team and see if they have any advice or tips for you to help protect your home against water damage. You may also be able to sign-up for a special service, so when a flood strikes, you are one of the first to gain access to their services.
There may be a fee for this service, but knowing you don't need to wait months for a water damage restoration team to help you after a flood makes the fee worth it. Speak with a company like SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake that provides water damage restoration services to learn more.
Tip #2: Invest in Some Flood Barriers
If you know that you live on or near a flood zone, you need to be prepared, should a flood occur, especially since you are already aware of the risks. You are going to want to purchase some flood barriers.
Flood barriers are easy to set up and when put around the perimeter of your home, can keep the floodwater out as long as the height of the water doesn't exceed the height of the flood barrier.
You can also invest in sandbags, which are one of the simplest ways to keep out unwanted water. Buying flood barriers and sandbags before you need them will ensure that when a flood strikes, you have the materials you need to protect your home, and you don't have to go search them out.
Tip #3: Protect Your Belongings
Third, you need to make sure you take proactive measures to protect your more precious belongings. You should keep all your important paper documents, hard drives, and flash drives in a watertight security box that you keep up on a shelf or on the second story of your home.
Put all photo albums on top shelves or inside of a watertight container. Put jewelry and similar valuables inside of a safe. Protecting the belongings that are the hardest to save is a great way to ensure that if a flood does occur, those precious items will be safe.
If you live in a flood zone area, find a water restoration team to work with in advance so you have someone on-call to help you should the worse happen. Invest in barriers to protect your home from a flood before an emergency occurs and protect your most precious belongings.