Floods can cause as much damage as burglars. If you live in an area that has frequent floods from heavy rainfall or melting snow, you may want to install flood sensors. Flood sensors alert you when water levels begin to rise. Even if you live in an area with little rainfall, you might want to consider the benefits of installing flood sensors. |
Flood sensing products can be put in bathrooms, near water heaters, by washing machines, and under dishwashers. If your washing machine overflows, the sensor will go off and you will be alerted. In your bathroom, floods can be started from forgetting to turn the tub water off, pipes breaking, or the toilet overflowing. Flood sensors in your bathroom can keep these wet disasters from spreading to the rest of your home and creating an even bigger mess.
Thin sensors can be placed on the floor under your carpet. They detect dampness collecting under your carpet that you might be unaware of. If this dampness continues, mold will start to grow. Mold and mildew can cause respiratory problems. In order to protect yourself and your family from mold, eliminate the source of moisture.
Besides installing flood sensing products, there are simple things you can do to protect your home from flooding. One thing you can do is clean out your rain gutters. Leaves or ice clogging your rain gutters can cause water to back up and leak into your home through the roof. Another important thing to do is keep your home heated to at least 62 degrees Fahrenheit. This will prevent pipes in your home from freezing and bursting.
Repairing damages after floods is expensive. Furniture and important documents can be ruined from water. Carpet might need replacing and mold could grow. Flood sensors can help you catch floods while they’re still in the early stages.
It's important you react quickly but calmly once you've been warned of an imminent flood. There are a number of simple steps you can take to protect you against floods and reduce potential damage to your property.
Put plugs into sinks and weigh them down with something heavy. Turn off your water, gas and electricity supplies to prevent contamination or fire. Unplug all electrical items and store upstairs or as high up as possible. Disconnect all appliances connected to pipes in case they move during flooding. Place sandbags around all doorways, airbricks and windows but make sure you leave adequate room for ventilation. Move as much furniture as you can upstairs, alternatively raise them up on bricks or blocks and move them away from the wall – this helps when drying your property later. If some pieces are too large to carry, weigh them down to ensure they don't float around and cause further damage. Silicone sealant – open doors and windows, smear a layer of this around the frame, then shut and lock the door/window. Empty the contents of any chests of drawers or cupboards too heavy to move, into boxes and store upstairs. Think about permanently moving sentimental items upstairs so you do not forget them in case of a flood. If you can, roll up rugs and carpets and put them upstairs. If there is no time to take down curtains, hang them over the rail so they are kept above the flood water. Leave internal doors open or ideally remove them and store them upstairs. Outside the house, move anything not fixed down to a safer location, barbecue, dustbins or similar. Move your car to high ground to avoid damage. Weigh down manhole covers outside the house to prevent them floating away and leaving a hazardous hole. Keep important personal documents in a sealed bag and in a location safe from floodwater. Keep details of your insurance policy somewhere safe.
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