Massachusetts and nearby areas are always hit hard by winter weather. Ice and snow build up all season long, but when it starts to warm up it has to go somewhere. At RestorePro Inc, we know that the spring thaw can be a relief from worrying about power outages and snow-blocked roads. Unfortunately, we also know that the meltwater can mean it’s time to worry about flooding and water damage.
While we can’t control the weather, we can help you to get ready for spring. The most important thing that a home or business owner needs to do is review and understand your insurance coverage. A standard policy won’t cover damage from flooding. You have to have a separate policy or add a special rider to your existing policy in order to have any financial protection. Contact your insurance agent and make sure you understand what is covered and what isn’t.
Once you understand your insurance policy, you should prepare an emergency file. Include copies of insurance policies and any financial records that you have. Prepare an inventory of your belongings, including serial numbers and photographs as needed. Make copies of personal documents like birth and marriage certificates. You will want to be able to access it in case of a disaster. Use a waterproof storage container or use safe off site storage like a safe deposit box.
You can also prepare your home to help prevent damage.
- Basement Pumps – A sewer backflow valve or sump pump can help reduce damage if you experience flooding.
- Water Alarms – Installing an alarm can alert you to flooding before any real damage occurs.
- Safe Storage – Keep sensitive belongings like electronics, artwork, and important papers stored above ground, in waterproof containers, or at another location.
- Remove Debris – Blockages in gutters, downspouts, and other drainage areas can lead to flooding. Make sure they are cleared and functional.
- Foundation and Exterior – Cracks and other weakened areas on the exterior of your home can let water in. Make sure any problem areas are repaired and sealed.
- Fuel Tanks – Make sure tanks for propane or other household fuels are well secured.
- Landscaping and Grading – If you have had flood problems in the past, proper landscaping and grading can help direct water to a safe drainage path. Trees that are weak or poorly rooted can be swept away in flooding, causing serious damage to nearby structures.
- Roof – Keep the roof in good repair. If you can do so safely, clear away snow buildup.
A major concern after flooding is mold growth. If you have any water in the building, it has to be cleared up quickly and completely. Any remaining moisture can lead to significant mold problems. This can result in serious health problems, especially for people with a history of asthma, allergies, or respiratory problems. The RestorePro Inc crew can help you take care of any water and moisture damage before it becomes a big problem. If you do develop mold, we also have an expert mold remediation team here for you. Call us at 1-800-847-0114 and we can see how we can help you.