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Flood Zones

Flood Zones

Safe or Not Safe?

Have you ever walked or drove down a road and came across a sign that declared, “Floodplain Zone!”

If it was near your home, you might have panicked. But if it was somewhere far from your home, you felt safe.

A floodplain can be dangerous because any home in or near one is subject to flooding. If you have a basement, you have more to worry about.

But did you know that even if you live outside a floodplain, there are flooding issues that you must be aware of?

That’s right. According to some expert sources, up to 1/3 of flood damage occurs outside designated flood areas. A flood in your home can occur from outside sources… or even inside sources.

What can you do right now to be safe?

1. Ensure that your basement is moisture free. Ask for an inspection from an honest and reputable basement waterproofing company.

2. Talk to your plumber about sewer backflow valves. These can really protect your home in the event of a sewer flooding event in your neighborhood.

3. And while talking to your plumber, have him take a look at your sump pump. If that fails, you are in trouble!

4. When you travel, consider turning off the main water supply to your entire home. But even if you don’t do that, be sure to turn off both hot and cold water supplies to your washing machine. For some reason, those break first!

5. Check the pipes under your sinks to make sure there are no hidden leaks.

6. Make sure your washer lines are braided metal, same with ice maker lines and dishwasher lines.

7. Toilet lines too, make sure these are braided metal also.

Play it safe. Talk to the flood damage experts at Accent American about how safe you really are and how healthy your current insurance plan is.

And keep your water damage professional on speed dial — just in case!

About the Author

accent_adminKen Jordan is an IICRC Certified Master Cleaner and Master Restorer since 1994. He is professionally certified in carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, water damage restoration, fire and smoke damage restoration and mold remediation.View all posts by accent_admin →

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