Prevent Storm Damage and Flooding
All homes that are located near to the Atlantic Coast have good reason to be concerned about the effects of storm damage and flooding. Although homes that are right along the coast often pay the most attention to possible flooding effects, the truth is a severe enough storm could potentially cause serious damage anywhere across New Jersey.
At SERVPRO of Hackensack / Little Ferry, we’re strong believers in taking proactive steps for prevention. We know from experience how preparation can help minimize the worst possible effects when a storm is on the horizon.
Here are 7 ways you can start to prepare now to prevent the effects of storm damage and flooding:
Make Sure Your Basement or Crawlspace is Ready
- Check your basement or crawlspace at least once a month for any signs of damage.
- Make sure items in your basement or crawlspace are stored properly.
- Use containers that are water resistant with tight lids.
- The more items you can store off the floor / ground and away from potential flooding the better.
Check Your Drains
Make sure that your drains are free of clogs, as clogging could lead to a sewage backup during a severe storm or flood.
To keep your drains clog-free, avoid dumping fats, coffee grounds, or other thick waste down sink drains. Use hair catches in your showers and tubs to help prevent hair clogs.
Maintain Your Sump Pump
If you have a sump pump, check it regularly and keep it well maintained to ensure that it will work when you need it.
Keep Up with Your Landscaping
Landscaping can hold and contain water near to your foundation, so make sure to keep bushes and trees at least three feet away from your building.
Also, make sure to trim any branches near the building that could cause damage in the case of strong winds.
Clear Downspouts and Gutters
Clean your downspouts and gutters at least twice a year to make sure that rainwater will be able to flow if there’s a major storm. You want to make sure water doesn’t collect on your roof or pool near your foundation.
Double Check Your Insurance Policy
Review your insurance policy at least once a year so that you know exactly what’s covered. If you have any questions, you want to be able to call and speak with your insurance agent well before there’s an actual problem.
Review Your Evacuation Plan
Do you have an evacuation plan that everyone in your family has agreed upon and knows?
It’s a good idea to come up with a few alternate go-to locations in opposite directions, depending on which way you may have to evacuate. Make sure everyone knows the evacuation plan in advance, just in case you lose access to your communication devices.
And remember, if you need help cleaning up or restoring your home after a storm, you can reach our expert professionals here at SERVPRO 24/7.