How to Help Protect Your Home From Flood Damage | SERVPRO® of Bonita Springs/Estero
Considering the possibility of flood damage compromising your home is never a pleasant thought, but in fact, 90% of natural disasters include some form of flooding. That means it’s a very real reality for many people.
Even if your home is not in a known floodplain, it’s still best to know what to do if there is a threat of flooding.How to Reduce Damage From a Flood
Disaster-related flooding can’t be prevented, but you can do some things to reduce the risk of costly damage:
Discuss emergency procedures. Every member of your family needs to know exactly what to do if a flood should strike. This should include evacuation strategies, as well as how to locate important items and turn off electricity and water.
Know your risk. You can call the local branch of your emergency management office or log on to view the FEMA Flood Map Tool to uncover your risk and know what precautions to take.
Secure your valuables. Anything that’s considered irreplaceable should be kept off-site in a waterproof, secure location. For documents, make digital copies and keep the originals elsewhere.
Turn off electricity. While it might not seem like flooding is likely, if a flood occurs, your appliances and other items can be in danger due to electrical issues. That’s why it’s important to know how to turn your electricity off from the breaker box to reduce the risk of electrocution and damage.
Prepare appliances. You could always elevate appliances like washers and dryers on bricks or stands to keep them further out of the way of potential shallow flooding.
Raise hazardous materials. Items like oil, paint and other cleaning supplies could become dangerous when spilled into floodwater. You can elevate these as well.
Anchor propane and fuel tanks. If you have a fuel tank in your yard and it’s tipped over by flood waters, it can cause a fire or dangerous spillage. Either move tanks off your property or ensure they are firmly secured.
We know that the safety of your family is the No. 1 most important thing when disaster strikes. One way to help ensure their safety is to take precautions and understand evacuation procedures ahead of time, as it can help protect your home from extensive water damage and protect the family from danger as well.
If you’ve experienced water damage due to a flood or other causes, SERVPRO® of Bonita Springs/Estero is here to help. Our technicians are fully trained in water remediation, and our 24⁄7 Emergency Line at (239)791-8892 means we’ll be there for you when you call.
Avoiding Water Damages in Bonita Springs
Leaking AC can cause substantial damage
It's hard to fully appreciate the impact of the damage caused by water in your home until you've actually experienced it. One of the most expensive losses suffered by homeowners happens when they have a broken pipe or other cause of water damage. Fortunately, regular maintenance and annual inspections can go a long way toward preventing those losses. Even without understanding the potential devastation, you can still take steps to prevent damage from happening.
- Check Out the HVAC System
You may discover drips or leaks if the appliances in your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system aren't functioning properly. You should never see water coming from your indoor units (other than minor "sweat" on the indoor evaporator coil.) If there's ever enough moisture to cause a drip, you may have trouble. You should also be on the lookout for ice build-up on the indoor coil. Regular maintenance is a great way to spot trouble early on, so you can make minor repairs before you have expensive damages on your hands.
2. Inspect Appliance Regularly
Appliances such as dishwashers, clothes washers, dryers, and refrigerators are common causes of leaking water in home. You can avoid a lot of damage by routinely inspecting hoses and connections. Keep appliance vents clean and clear. Watch out for corrosion and leaks. These quick and easy steps don't take long and are very effective at preventing water damages.
3. Have a relationship With a Plumber
You may not notice a broken pipe until you have significant damage and lots of expenses due to pipe cleanup without regular visits from a plumber. Leaks from the toilet, bathtub, shower, or sink could happen behind the walls or under the floor. As soon as you notice unpleasant or musty smells, condensation on pipes, or puddles of water, contact a plumber. You should also act quickly if you notice an unusual spike in your monthly water bill.
Don't wait until you have to call a restoration specialist to take action. Prevent water damages in homes with consistent maintenance and routine inspections.
Bonita Springs 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service
SERVPRO of Bonita Springs/Estero provides 24 hour water damage restoration service in Bonita Springs
SERVPRO of Bonita Springs/Estero is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – 239-791-8892
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Bonita Springs/Estero has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Bonita Springs/Estero
SERVPRO of Bonita Springs/Estero specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.