June 1st marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. Though hurricane damage is commonly associated with coastal areas, if the hurricane heads inland, it can cause significant damage. One of the most common causes of hurricane related damage is flood damage from neighboring creeks, rivers, and lakes. Check out a few ways you can minimize the damage caused by hurricane-related flooding.
1. Move As Many Items as Possible to the Highest Part of Your Home
If your home has multiple levels, move the items that you strongly desire to save to the top level of your home. Though there is no guarantee that the water won't reach this level, this minimizes the likelihood that your possessions are damaged due to flooding. Some items to move include financial documents, pictures, sentimental mementos, jewelry, and anything of significant value.
Don't forget your outside items as well. Any furniture left outside will likely either be destroyed by flooding or blown away by strong winds. If space permits, move these items inside.
2. Disconnect Your Appliances
If your home floods and there is standing water, you run the risk of your being electrocuted by your appliances. For safety purposes, unplug all of your electrical items and, if possible, move them to the top level of your home.
3. Buy Flood Insurance
Many homeowners mistakenly believe that their regular homeowner's insurance policy covers flood damage. However, in most cases, it does not. You need to buy a policy that specially covers flood-related damage. The policy will give you the financial compensation to help you replace your belongings and repair any damage caused by flooding. Contact an insurance agent who participates in the National Flood Insurance Program to purchase insurance.
4. Consult with a Cleaning Service That Specializes in Water Damage Restoration
If your home is damaged by hurricane-related flooding, call a cleaning service that specializes in water damage restoration as soon as possible. The sooner that the service can remove the standing water and dry your home out, the lower your chances that your home will have mold from the flooding.
You may be tempted to try to clean and dry your home yourself in order to save money. However, a water damage restoration specialist has the knowledge to get the job done correctly in the least amount of time. Time is of the essence when it comes to minimizing the damage from water. The longer the water stands, the more damage it can cause to your home.