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Round and round we go!

1/19/2023 (Permalink)

Rising creek after fast, heavy rain. Rising creek after fast, heavy rain.

Round after round of heavy rain on saturated soils could lead to considerable flood potential. Rising creeks and streams, mudslides, and clogged storm drains can lead to in home flooding. 

If your home is known to take on water, here are a few things you can do to help keep your property  and contents safe from water damage:

  • Check with a professional to:
    • Raise your furnace, water heater, and electric panel to floors that are less likely to be flooded. An undamaged water heater may be your best source of fresh water after a flood. 
      • Install check valves in plumbing to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home. (As a last resort, when floods threaten, use large corks or stoppers to plug showers, tubs, or basins.)
      • Construct barriers with sand bags or other inexpensive barriers to stop floodwater from entering the building.  These items can be found anywhere from your local hardware store to online companies such as U-Line and Amazon.
      • Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage through cracks.

If all else fails and your home or property does take on water, SERVPRO of Altoona can help to dry you out, save belongings, and prevent or treat mold.

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