Immediate Steps to Take to Prevent Home Flooding & Water Damage
One of the most common and serious types of emergencies your property can face is water damage. Whether the cause be a storm, flooding, an HVAC leak, a burst pipe, or anything else, the situation usually requires fast action for the sake of safety and defending your belongings and home. Here in Maui and the Big Island, flooding is always a risk. Act immediately to stop the damage, as the longer you wait, the more severe the damage will likely become. In today’s blog, we’ll be going over some crucial steps to take so you are ready for an emergency beforehand. However, if it’s already too late and water damage has already occurred, contact SERVPRO of Hawaii/Maui ASAP to get the water damage mitigation and/or cleanup services you need.
Take Preventative Steps As Soon As Flooding Starts
In our previous post, we covered some things you can do to prevent water damage from flooding in your home long in advance. This blog covers steps to take once flooding starts. If a storm is already occurring or is imminent, follow these steps to minimize water damage to your property:
- Check and clean downspouts and gutters — Regularly clearing debris from your drains is important for preventing water buildup during a storm.
- Use sandbags — Block off any gaps that could lead to flooding with sandbags.
- Move valuables to a higher location — Items such as electronics, furniture, rugs, and other valuables should all be moved to above the flood line if water damage is imminent.
- Take videos and photos of flooding — While this won’t prevent water damage now, it will help you with your flood insurance claim later on.
Ultimately, defense against water damage from flooding is best achieved long in advance through proper precautions. If you are under flood warning, it’s important to consider your own safety before the safety of your belongings. Depending on the type of flood, you should either evacuate, move to higher ground, or stay where you are. Local news, EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, etc. provide recommendations before a storm.
Restoring Your Maui Property Following Water Damage
It can take time to restore your house back to its previous condition following flooding. To make sure water damage restorations are most effective, turn to the water damage mitigation and cleanup experts at SERVPRO of Hawaii/Maui. We will handle all aspects of your property’s restoration, as well as the immediate mitigation of damages, so as much of your property is salvaged as possible. If you are on the Big Island of Hawaii and your property has suffered serious water damage, the expert restoration and cleanup team at SERVPRO of Hawaii/Maui are here to help. Contact us today for 24/7 emergency services or to ask a question regarding water damage cleanup or flood prevention.