The rainy season sends chills to many Williamsburg, VA residents as the cold weather marks the streets with floods; destroying properties and taking lives. Residents have to find ways to protect their families and property by buying flood insurance, but is buying insurance enough? Probably not because there are other things you can do to keep your home and family safe. Here is what the Commonwealth Insurance center advises residents to do to prepare for flooding events.
Waterproof your basement and elevate your utilities
Install flood sensors in your basement to detect water leaks and a water alarm to alert you when there is water leakage. Keep a working sump pump to protect your basement and maintain a battery-operated backup pump just in case of power failure. Next, elevate your essential utilities like propane tanks, wiring, sockets, electrical panels, appliances, and heating systems. Make sure that all electrical wires are well covered in and outside the house.
Clear your gutter and unblock all pipes
Many people in Williamsburg, VA tend to forget about all the debris build-up, leaves, and other unwanted materials in the gutters, which can be a potential water block during heavy rains. After checking the gutter, check water pipes and other water channels for any blockage that may prevent the easy flow of water.
Remove the carpet and move your furniture.
If your local authority announces the possibility of floods, don’t wait. Move your furniture and other valuables to safe places like the attic. If your home has one or several floors, move most of the items to the upper floors, particularly things that can easily get damaged by water. Pack a bag or two with supplies in case of an emergency and maintain communication with your family and relatives.
Buying flood insurance soon? Commonwealth Insurance Center would like to help. We are not only ready to guide you but also answer all the questions you might have. Call us today!