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At Basement Masters Waterproofing, we want you to be prepared for the worst possible storm or event that could disrupt your home. However, we know that storms often have a tendency to sneak up on you. You can’t always be as prepared as you like. If you have not yet had time to waterproof your basement and you know a flood is coming, there are steps you can take to make sure your home and family stay safe.

What Should I Do Once the Flood Alert Has Been Issued?

After you’ve checked the latest weather forecast, the first thing you’ll want to do is make sure that all furniture and valuable items are moved to the highest floor of your house or deposited into a Sandbags placed in front of homes to protect from flood waterswaterproof container. This includes important documents, such as:

  • Birth Certificates
  • Insurance Policies
  • Wills
  • Any legal document that does not have a copy in another safe place.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll want to make sure to grab other important items you may need through the duration of the flood, such as:

  • Prescriptions
  • Medicines
  • Medical equipment
  • Batteries & power cords for all needed equipment
  • Glasses or hearing aids

You do not want to be without these things in an emergency situation. Next, you need to make sure your family has a safe location to wait out the storm, whether that’s the highest level of your home or a different location entirely. Make sure you have an emergency survival kit, with supplies such as:

  • Clothes
  • Food
  • Water
  • Phones and chargers
  • Flashlights

You’ll also want to make sure any priceless items, such as pictures, jewelry, and other mementos are secured in waterproof boxes or on your person for safekeeping.

What Steps Should I Take to Protect My Home?

If you still have a few days between you and the flood risk, make sure you’ve talked to your insurance agent about flood insurance and what you’ll need to protect your property. Most policies do not take effect until 30 days later, so speed is essential here. You’ll want to make sure you do several things to protect your home since it is not waterproofed, including:

  • Keeping gutters and drains free of any debris
  • Stockpile plywood, plastic sheeting, nails, shovels, and sandbags to create a defensive layer around your property
  • Make sure gas, water, and electricity are turned off (if you can) to prevent issues during the cleanup process

What Do I Do Once the Flood is Over?

We’ve discussed in previous posts exactly what to do once the flooding has stopped, but the next step is to call Basement Masters Waterproofing. We can help you with parts of the cleanup process and make sure that your home is never flooded again. We only install the highest quality systems for your home so that you can have peace of mind. If it’s a severe flood, it’s likely no waterproofing system can stand against heavy floodwaters, but if you’re in an area prone to regular flooding, having a waterproofing system in place is never a bad idea. If you’re ready to get prepared for the storms ahead this spring, give us a call today to get started!

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