Tips to Protect Your Property Before, During and After a Flood in Spokane or Spokane Valley 2017
While fire may be a more common concern among homeowners, your home could in fact be as much as ten times more likely to be damaged by water than by fire.* Significant sources of water damage to one’s property can come from weather-related moisture or flooding, including flooding from heavy rains, flash floods. Pipe freezing/broken pipes/ splitting pipes can also increase the potential for flooding. If in any doubt or if you have questions about prevention call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley (509) 926-6140
Before the Flood:
- Know if your property is in a flood zone
- Check that your permanent equipment like furnaces, water heaters are elevated
- If your property uses a sump pump, be sure to check periodically for proper function
- If you own a generator, have a licensed electrician provide a transfer switch to your sump pump so you can operate it in the event of flooding.
- Have a licensed plumber install an interior or exterior backflow prevention valve. This can help prevent sewage backup.
- If flooding can occur outside, Keep sandbags on hand to help divert water away from your foundation.
- If you live is a snowy climate, flag drains to avoid plowing snow on top of them.
- Learn if your community has a flood alert signal.
- Collect emergency building materials if you live in a frequently flooded area. These may include plywood, plastic sheeting, lumber, nails, shovels and sandbags.
- Plan and practice an emergency evacutation route if you reside in a flood zone. Designate a place for family members to meet in the event they become separated.
- Teach all family members the proper and correct way to turn off utilities.
- In case you are forced to leave your home, have a survival kit with all important documents, including insurance documents, medications and critical items.
During the Flood:
- Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for the latest storm information from local officials or authorities. If advised to evacuate, shut off all utilities and evacuate immediately.
- Move to high ground, avoid rising waters and do not walk or drive through any floodwaters.
- Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires.
After the Flood:
- Listen to the radio and do not return home until authorities indicate it is safe to do so.
- Once allowed back into your home, inspect it for damage. If your property has been damaged, call SERVPRO of Spokane Valley for assistance and they can assist you with an insurance claim if one is needed
- Be watchful of rodents that may have found their way into your home.
- Throw away all food that has come in contact with floodwaters.
- Call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley to remove standing water as quickly as possible.
- To prevent potential mold growth Properly dry or remove soaked carpets, padding and upholstery within 24-48 hours. Discard anything that cannot be properly dried.
- Call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley to wash and disinfect all areas that have been flooded. This includes walls, floors, closets and shelves, as well as heating and air-conditioning systems. Do not energize electrical or electronic equipment that may have suffered water damage without first having a qualified electrician inspect and/or test it.
Whether you home has suffered flood damage or you just want your upholstery cleaned, SERVPRO has 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada ready to help. SERVPRO Spokane Valley technicians are highly trained to properly clean and restore your house so that it feels like home again. You can depend on SERVPRO Spokane Valley for these residential services:
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Storm Damage Restoration
- Cleaning Services