Winter is coming to an end which means spring is around the corner. Ice and snow are less likely but that doesn’t mean clear skies are ahead. Spring rain showers can be relentless on your home or business, especially right after harsh winter weather. Cold temperatures and snow might have caused damage to your property over the course of the winter without you even knowing. Performing a maintenance check this time of year can prevent spring water damage from making any winter damage you experienced even worse.
Spring showers and snowmelt can lead to flooding this time of year. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), more than 20% of flood claims happen outside of high-risk flood areas. This means that no matter where you live, there’s still a chance that you’ll experience a flood. Use the following tips to prevent flood damage this Spring.
- Create a disaster plan with your family including methods of communication, responsibility assignment and meeting places.
- Find a flood insurance plan because floods aren’t covered in most homeowner’s insurance policies.
- Monitor your local weather warning system and follow all directions issued by the National Weather Service.
- Evacuate when instructed to and only return to your home when the authorities give the ok.
- If you have time before a flood occurs, secure breakables, bring outside furniture indoors, roll up rugs and place valuables in a waterproof container on a high shelf.
- Make digital copies of important documents and place the originals in a waterproof container on a high shelf.
Keep an eye out for signs of water damage on your property. These signs include both interior and exterior:
- Water spots on your ceiling or walls
- Discoloration or warping under your sinks
- Soft spots in your flooring especially near bathtubs, sinks, toilets, washing machines or dish washers
- Warped or cracked hard flooring
- Walk around the outside of your home looking for damage or any gaps that can allow water to seep into your home. Vulnerable areas include windows, doors, gutters and roof.
- While you’re outside look for pooling water. Your downspouts should be able to effectively move water away from your home.
When you have water damage, mold is quick to follow. It’s not only visually unappealing, but it can also be harmful to your health. Use these tips to help you locate mold in your home.
- A damp or mildew smell can indicate a mold problem.
- Visible mold spores are usually just the tip of the iceberg. If you see mold, contact a professional mold restoration team.
- Lingering cold or flu symptoms that don’t seem to go away can be signs of mold.
- Breathing or respiratory issues are symptoms of certain types of mold.
ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning in West Tennessee offers a comprehensive suite of fire and water damage restoration services. Businesses and homeowners alike trust us in their time of need. We’ll guide you through the entire restoration process. From working with your insurance company to providing timely updates, we handle it all. Contact us at 888-930-3351 to learn more about our services. We respond 24/7 to emergency damage restoration requests, even during the holiday season.
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