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According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the 2020 spring flood in Fort McMurray caused more than $228 million in insured damages. The result of an ice jam on the Athabasca River, the Fort McMurray flood was a wake-up call that it’s never too late to prepare your home for disasters such as flooding and water damage. Our Proserve DKI water damage restoration team is here to help by providing these 5 tips on reducing potential flood damage. Learn how to protect your belongings and prepare for insurance claims so you can stay safe and dry.
If your property has a slight slope or if you notice rainwater pooling anywhere around your home, you may have a drainage issue. Our flood restoration experts recommend that you:
Basements and crawl spaces are usually the first places to be affected by floodwaters. You can lessen the need for water damage cleanup and sewer cleanup by installing sump pumps as well as a backflow preventer valve on your sewer pipes so that water and sewage don’t back up in your basement.
Another way to protect your basement from sudden floods is to keep sandbags or other barriers on hand. Set them back at least six metres away from the edge of the floodway.
Floods often come with power outages. Ensure your family is safe by having a back-up support system, such as battery-powered sump pumps and a portable generator on hand. Place flood sensors in vulnerable areas prone to water restoration.
If you live near water or in an area that is commonly impacted by high rain, snowfall, or storms, it is essential to organize your belongings so they sustain the least amount of water damage. Look for waterproof containers or store items up high such as on shelves, or look for out-of-the-area storage space. Things to protect:
Make sure you are covered for an emergency as well as for sewer and flood cleanup services by investing in flood insurance as part of your household or tenants’ insurance policy.
If you experience a flood in your home:
For more information, read What Happens During Flood Restoration.
Proserve DKI works exclusively with several insurance companies in the Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo areas on various residential and commercial claims. Contact usfor 24/7, 356-day emergency disaster relief from floods, sewer back-ups, and other water damage.