• Flood Prevention

    Posted on October 2nd, 2012
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    Flood prevention tips for homeowners.

    If you have ever experienced a flood in your home, you know it is not only a nuisance but can also be extremely costly and dangerous.  Clear the Air would like to share some helpful flood prevention tips.  If you have experienced a flood in your home, Clear the Air guarantees to eliminate that musty mildew smell that is most often left behind after a flood. It is simple to use and the answer to your flood odor problems.

    Flood Prevention Tips

    • Keep drainage areas (ditches, swales, small channels) free of debris accumulation.
    • Consult an engineer to design a permanent water/flood debris control device, if needed.
    • Ensure that drainage facilities are functioning properly
    • Landscape slope areas with plants suitable for fire retardant and erosion control.
    • Report clogged catch basins.
    • Report water in streets over topping the curb.
    • Review your insurance coverage. Homeowner’s insurance does not cover flood damage.

    Insurance premiums are reduced ten percent if the building is located within your city’s 100-year floodplain. Areas outside the 100-year floodplain receive a five percent discount. However, there is a 30-day waiting period for the flood insurance to become effective.

    Tips for Personal Safety During a Flood

    • Do not walk through flowing water. Drowning is the number-one cause of flood deaths, mostly during flash floods. Currents can be deceptive; six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. If you walk in standing water, use a pole or stick to ensure that the ground is still there.
    • Do not drive through a flooded area. More people drown in their car than anywhere else. Do not drive around road barriers; the road or bridge may be washed out.
    • Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. The number-two flood killer after drowning is electrocution. Electrical currents can travel through water. Report downed power lines.
    • Have your electricity turned off. Some appliances, such as televisions, keep electrical charges even after they have been unplugged. Do not use appliances or motors that have gotten wet unless they have been taken apart, cleaned and dried.
    • Look out for animals, especially snakes. Small animals that have been flooded out of their homes may seek shelter in your home. Use a pole or a stick to poke and turn things over and scare away small animals
    • Look before you step. After a flood, the ground and floors are covered with debris including broken bottles and nails. Floors and stairs that have been covered with mud can be very slippery
    • Be alert for gas leaks. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Do not smoke or use candles, lanterns, or open flames unless you know that gas had been turned off and the area has ventilation.

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