Did you know that all 50 states in the U.S. have been affected by flooding of some sort? While natural disasters are one of the leading causes, plumbing problems can also cause flooding. Poor drainage, leaking pipes, clogged gutters are some examples that can lead to catastrophic damage if left untreated. Here are some ways you can prevent flood damage in your home.
Flood Detection Alarm
First and foremost, invest in a water sensor or a flood detection system. They are widely available in stores and online, some as low as $9! Install them in areas where water damage is most likely to occur, such as hot water heaters, toilets, or washing machines. In case of an overflow, the sensor detects this and the alarm goes off. The latest models can even send you notifications on your phone via an app if you’re not at home.
Repair Fixture Damage
Whether it’s a leaking faucet and pipes, clogged drains, or a running toilet, repair them as soon as possible. The minute you spot a leak or any other plumbing issue, call your plumber right away. Leaving the issue unaddressed might lead to the formation of water pools and would increase the chances of flooding.
Elevate Your Valuables
Most of the electronics and valuables placed on the floor are the first to be damaged during floods. Sometimes, no matter what you do, unexpected flooding occurs. Raise all your couches, tables, sound systems, washers, and dryers by two or three inches. In this case, even if there is a water leak, your valuables will remain safe until you get help from a water extraction service.
How Can We Help?
It’s vital to remove water from your home after any flood to minimize damage. If you’re in Portland, ME, and are looking for emergency professional water extraction and restoration services, EnviroClean has you covered. We utilize a four-step water extraction process, that includes water extraction, dehumidifying and drying, sanitizing, and odor removal along with mold removal in Kennebunk, Portland, Yarmouth, Freeport, and other locations in ME.