Protecting Your Northern Texas Home From Floods | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth
If you have ever discovered standing water in your home after a storm or flash flood event, you know how frustrating and overwhelming it feels. The cleanup process can be extensive and it can be expensive, depending on what the water damaged in your home.
Add to that the fact that not all homeowners insurance plans include coverage for floods! Knowing that unfortunate fact should be all the motivation you need in order to reduce your risk of flood before it is even a threat.
Fort Worth is actually located in the northern part of what is considered “Flash Flood Alley” in Texas. Our steep terrain and sloping hills put our city at risk of encountering quickly developing flash flooding situations. Safeguarding the home against flooding should be a particular point of interest to all of us.
We also are witness to a variety of severe thunderstorms in Texas. To help protect your home, have a gutter system to keep water from collecting on your roof and working its way into your attic and down your walls. Make sure the gutters stay clear of leaves and other debris.
You can also use your landscaping to your advantage. If you are a gardener, consider planting your vegetables or flowers in an area that commonly sees excess water and angle the plot away from the foundation of your home so water naturally flows down into the soil instead of toward your house.
Your foundation is the first line of defense in keeping your basement dry, but it can only work properly if it is watertight! Any cracks can be particularly dangerous and can also be an area for water to easily enter into your home. Repair any cracks you see immediately, and watch for water the next time it rains.
Protecting your home doesn’t always have to have a high price tag. Even simple steps can go a long way to reducing your flooding risk. Whatever you do now will only benefit you in long run the next time we are in a flash flood warning.
The risk of flood isn’t just reserved for natural disasters. It could be something as simple as a faulty dishwasher or old pipe. Regularly get a good look at your appliances to catch any simple leaks or cracks right away, and consider adding a leak sensor to some of your older appliances to help alert you right as the situation develops.
Protecting what is special to you is crucial when it comes to your home. Photos and other important paper documents need to be stored in a safe location, and keep anything that is moisture-sensitive off of the floor.
Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of North Fort Worth today to get your restoration completed faster.