What to Do When There’s Rain in Your Home | SERVPRO of Sioux Falls
Do you love or hate rain? Even if you are firmly in the latter camp, you can’t deny that a soft, steady rain on a hot summer day is just what the earth and the air needed.
Rain may be necessary and even welcomed when the weather is hot and dry, but when it gets heavy, it can leave your home at risk for leaks. Heavy rain can bring other threats, too, like strong winds, that create other damages. Intense rain can overwhelm streets and yards, creating dangerous flash flooding.
SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is here to not only dry out your home fast when you are dealing with flooding, but to also help you learn the best ways to keep your family safe and mitigate as much damage to your home as possible.
We are no strangers to flooding in Sioux Falls. It is something that we face basically year-round, as winter brings heavy snow that can create ice dams and later flooding when they begin to break down, spring brings rains and snow melt that leads to flooding, and summer brings heavy thunderstorms.
Particularly in the spring when heavy rains are combined with snow melt, the amount of water easily leads to flash flooding that quickly sweeps away objects and covers over roads. Big Sioux River often spills over its banks and threaten our homes as well.
With the threat of flooding in our area being so extreme, we know that the more we can prepare, the safer we can stay. When storms are moving into our area that could lead to flooding, make sure you keep a close eye on local news reports and have two ways to receive alerts.
Safety should always be your first priority when it comes to preparing your home and your family for flooding. Make sure you have an action plan in place and a way to communicate with your loved ones before and after the event is over.
If you are away from home when a storm with potential flooding starts moving in, either get home or get to a safe indoor place away from drainage ditches and flooded streets. If you can get home with time before the storm, bring in anything from outside that could be swept away in a flash flood.
Park your car inside a garage or on high ground, and move anything you can’t replace inside your home and to the highest level of your house. Put important papers in a watertight container, and do you best to stay calm. If you can turn the power off the lowest level of your house, do so. If water does start coming in, it may be best to turn off all the power in your house and find a safe, high location to wait out the flood.
Floodwater moves faster than you think, so stay out of the water as long as you can and give us a call.
A flood can be one of the trickiest forms of weather to predict. Even with the best planning, your home may still be damaged when things get severe. As we work on restoring your home after a flood has left you with damage, we will also help you find ways to shore up your house to better weather the next storm.
Get a professional to help in your yard. Adding grading, flower beds and other organic material can be a great first line of defense in keeping water out of your home. The more you can do to have water running away from your home, the better your home will fare during every storm.
Consider a sump pump for your basement or crawl space. This is a great way to keep water flowing away from your foundation and prevent flooding in the lower level of your home. If you already have one and it just couldn’t keep up, seek professional advice about updating yours to a bigger unit.
Make sure SERVPRO® is in your emergency contacts, and rest a little easier knowing that you have 24⁄7 professional water damage experts right around the corner. We will get to your home fast and start drying everything out so you can get back to living.
We are here for all of your water disasters. Contact us day or night for a quick recovery.