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How To Prepare Against Flood Damage

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a flooded street with a barrier placed. You can prevent most storm damage caused by flooding by placing a temporary barrier.

How prepared are you for the fall weather? This time of year brings about some of the most severe weather patterns, which can leave your home vulnerable to flooding and other storm damage. Instead of worrying over the possibility of damage, contact a storm mitigation company in North St. Paul, MN, to help you plan for prevention. Most companies will suggest at least three methods for reducing or eliminating the risk of a flood.

3 Methods For Reducing The Risk Of A Flood

1. Secure Loose Yard Items

While water is a prominent part of flood damage, many people forget about loose debris that may collide with your windows or other vulnerable entry points. Therefore, one of the first things you should do if worried about floods is to secure any loose lawn ornaments or furniture. While some items may be heavy enough not to float away, others can lead to extensive issues. You can secure items with long stakes and ties, or even by placing cinder blocks or other heavy objects on top of the things. It may also be a good idea to secure the item in a garage or other outdoor building where it cannot cause damage.

2. Elevate Sensitive Materials and Appliances

While flooding poses a significant risk to your house's structure, it also poses a threat to your sensitive documents and appliances or devices. If you are aware of a flood threat, then make sure that all items are raised above the estimated flood level.

3. Place a Temporary Barrier

You can prevent most storm damage caused by flooding by placing a temporary barrier. Use sandbags stacked above the estimated flood line to create a blockade from water. You may need to set pumps inside the border to prevent the water level from rising on both sides, but a pump and barrier can protect your property.

Fall is a season for severe weather. If you are concerned about potential flooding, then contact a local mitigation company to discuss preventative steps.

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