Is Your Home Prepared for Water Damage?

By Crystal Newton on Feb 3rd, 2016 05:00 AM

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Unless you live in a flood zone, you are probably not that concerned with flooding. Even so, recent storms throughout much of the country have demonstrated the importance of being prepared for it regardless of your location. Flood monitoring services can spare you a great deal of damage to your home, making them well worth their investment.

What is Flood Monitoring?

Flood monitoring involves placing sensors in areas where flooding is likely to occur such as the basement and in laundry rooms. These sensors are connected to your home’s alarm system, and will automatically notify you in the event flooding occurs. You can receive alerts via text message or email, allowing you to respond quickly and reduce the amount of damage you experience.

Everyone is Susceptible

You may not think about it, but flooding can actually happen at any time. The most common reason is a pipe that has burst due to excessive pressure, freezing, age, or accidental impact. It is nearly impossible to predict when a pipe might burst, which is why having 24/7 monitoring is recommended. Flooding may also be caused by unusual weather patterns or the flushing of hydrants or sewer lines. Copper theft is on the rise, and if your home is targeted, the removal of pipes could result in an excess amount of water inside your home.

Eliminating the Source

Should you find yourself a victim of flooding, there are a few things you should do right away in order to mitigate the damage. The first one is to eliminate the source of excess water. In the case of a burst pipe, you may need to shut off the main water line to your home. When water damage is due to a leaking roof, eliminating the source may not be possible, in which case you should attempt to contain the leak instead.

Further Actions

Once you have the source eliminated or contained, you should then make sure it is safe to enter the area. Avoid going into places where there is a collapsed ceiling or downed electrical lines, as you risk serious injury or death by doing so. Next, you should:

  • Attempt to remove any standing water by vacuuming or using towels to absorb it.
  • Take pictures of the damage. This can be very helpful when filing an insurance claim.
  • Use a fan to help dry out the inside of your home
  • Contact a professional cleanup crew if you have extensive damage or notice visible mold

The Importance of Monitoring

Flooding is something that typically happens without warning. Pipes can easily burst in the middle of the night or while you are away at work or on vacation. Flash flooding is also possible during heavy storms or when there is an excessive amount of snow melting. It could be hours or even days before flood damage is discovered. By that time, the structural integrity of your home could be greatly compromised, and many of your valuable possessions forever ruined.

When your home is properly monitored, you will be notified of flooding immediately. This reduces the amount of damage significantly, and also makes the cleanup process much easier. Our monitoring service is very cost effective, and can even protect your home against fire and theft as well. To guarantee that you are adequately protected, please contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.


 

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