April Showers Bring May Flowers and More...
Here we are at the end of March after a long, snowy winter and April is around the corner. As we turn our calendars and the season change, we will start to experience the warmer weather we all missed. As the warmer weather approaches, so do the April showers which help to bring us the most vibrant May. However, when April showers are more like torrential, relentless downpours we could face a flooded basement and other water damage causing costly repairs. Flooding generally occurs in the springtime as the result of heavy rains that cannot be adequately absorbed by the still thawing earth. Particularly formidable are the flash floods resulting from thunderstorms, swiftly melting snow, ice jams in creeks, and then there is the fearsome “El Nino." Consider if more than one of these circumstances happens at the same time, you have the potential for a catastrophe with flooding waters and raging mudslides.
Homeowners you can take some simple precautions to secure your property and keep your possessions safe.
Elevate: Keep your furnace, water heater, electrical panels above predicted water levels to protect yourself from costly home replacements.
Install check valves: These valves close to prevent the backward flow of liquid and prevent water from backing up into the drains in your home.
Build barriers: Use sandbags to create flood walls to prevent or reduce flow of water into your home.
Waterproof the basement: Use a waterproofing compound to seal the walls of your basement.
Clean: Clean gutters, drains and downspouts for proper water flow.
Purchase flood insurance: Most standard homeowners' and business insurance policies unfortunately do no cover flood damage. In the event of a flood, you would be responsible for covering the full cost of repairs and replacing items damaged.
Should disaster strike and the April showers cause water damage to your home or business, the pros at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall will be there to help get you back to normal. Contact us at 732-577-1010 and the highly training water experts will be there for you. We have the specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs provided by an Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist, a Water Damage Restoration Technician, and an Applied Structural Drying Technician.
Remember, SERVPRO of Howell / Wall is faster to any size disaster and we provide emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year —including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night, as we are on call for you to make it “Like it never even happened.”