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Flood Awareness Week: Home Preparation Tips

With all the rain we’ve been getting lately, we feel it’s the perfect time to talk about Flood Awareness Week, which just so happens to be going on right now (March 15-21)! Lake levels are rising and ponds are filling, which is great since the South has been experiencing a rough drought season. These are both wonderful things, not to mention we can attribute the budding trees and green grass to our recent rainfall as well. However, with abundant rainfall comes the possibility of flooding and drainage problems.

The Vernal Equinox, happening this Friday, marks the return of spring, where the temperatures are warm, the flowers are blooming, and unfortunately, the thunderstorms are abounding. With the stormy season upon us, it’s important to remain informed at all times. During this time, be both active and reactive, however, we’re going to place special importance on being active. Getting ahead of the game by being prepared will help you tremendously.

We live in the digital age, so keeping up-to-date with the weather shouldn’t be that difficult. Post to Facebook, write a tweet or post a photo to Instagram to let your friends and family know what’s going on just in case they didn’t get the memo. Download a weather app for easy access or bookmark a website, and check it frequently if you know there is a storm coming.

How To Be Prepared For Flooding:

  • Construct an emergency plan with your family. Here are some example questions to ask:

➢ Where will you go if a tornado is coming?

➢ If you’re all at separate locations when a siren goes off, how will you contact each other?

  • Monitor your local radio station or television channel for the latest updates.
  • Keep flashlights and batteries and candles and matches in an easy-to-reach location in case the electricity goes out. Also, most smartphones have a flashlight app.
  • Keep your cellphone charged at all times. If the electricity happens to go out, you can still charge your phone using a portable phone charger.
  • Flash flooding can occur. Be watchful, and if the water begins to rise, immediately move to higher ground.
  • Does your home insurance cover flood damage? Most standard policies do not cover flood damage as it is typically its separate plan. If you’re unsure, contact a local agent for more information.
  • Make sure to inspect your home for proper drainage and runoff. If water is entering your home, read our 10 Gutter and Downspout Runoff Drainage Tips.

We’ve heard numerous stories of people leaving their homes during a storm because of a hankering for ice cream or a pizza, and sometimes people leave just “because.” However, we recommend that if a storm is headed your way, currently hitting or has already passed, just stay home.

While meteorologists can almost always give us some sort of indication as to the timing of a storm, there is some randomness involved. When you think a storm has passed, and the air is calm, most often that is they eye of the storm. Until you have been given “the clear” by your local radio or television station, it’s best to play it safe and stay inside.

If you are having trouble diverting your water, give Universal Home Experts a call! We are your trusted source for local plumbing, electric, and HVAC installation and repair in Houston and the surrounding areas.

You can always reach a live customer care representative at (713) 364-0226 (24/7).