May 12 2023 – Heather Petersen
Flooding can strike without warning, and it can cause significant damage to homes and property. With climate change, the frequency and severity of flooding events have increased, making it essential for homeowners to prepare for such events. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips on how to prepare for flooding and how Watershed Innovations products can help mitigate flood damage.
Top Tips for Preparing for Flooding
#1 Know Your Risk
The first step in preparing for a flood is to know your risk. You can check with your local government, FEMA, or National Weather Service to find out if your home is in a flood zone. Once you know your risk, you can take the necessary precautions to protect your home and property.
#2 Create an Emergency Plan
It's crucial to have an emergency plan in place before a flood occurs. Your plan should include evacuation routes, a list of emergency contacts, and a plan for how you will communicate with family members during the event. Make sure you have an emergency kit ready that includes a first aid kit, flashlights, and batteries as well as water control solutions.
#3 Protect Your Home and Property
There are several ways to protect your home from flood damage, such as placing flood barriers or sandless sandbags, elevating your electrical panel, and sealing your basement. You should also place your smart pump in the “ready” position in areas like basements which can be flood prone.
#4 Review Your Insurance Policy
Most homeowners' insurance policies do not cover flood damage. Therefore, it's essential to review your insurance policy and consider purchasing flood insurance. Flood insurance can help cover the cost of damage to your home and property caused by flooding.
#5 Stay Informed
During a flood, it's crucial to stay informed about the situation. Listen to local news and weather reports, and follow instructions from emergency personnel. Make sure you have a battery-powered radio or television to stay informed if the power goes out.
How Watershed Innovations Products Can Help with Flooding
Watershed Innovations offers several products that can help prevent or mitigate flood damage. These products include the HydraBarrier, HydraSorber, HydraPump, and HydraTarp.
The HydraBarrier is a temporary flood barrier system that can be quickly deployed to protect homes and property from floodwaters. It's easy to deploy (just fill the barrier with water) and can be used to create a barrier around your home, garage, or other structures.
The HydraSorber is a super-absorbent polymer that can be used to soak up unwanted water quickly. It can absorb up to 300 times its weight in water and can be used to protect homes, basements, and crawl spaces.
The HydraPump Smart is a battery-powered pump that can quickly remove unwanted water from your home or property. It's portable, easy to use, and can be used to pump water out of basements, crawl spaces, and other areas affected by flooding. It’s “smart” and can be set to sense small amounts of water and automatically turn itself on.
The HydraTarp is a waterproof tarp that can be used to protect your property from floodwater. It's made of durable materials and can be quickly deployed to protect your home, car, or other structures.
Preparing for a flood is essential for homeowners who live in flood-prone areas. By following the tips mentioned above, you can help protect your home and property from flood damage. Additionally, Watershed Innovations products can provide an added layer of protection during a flood event. Whether it's the HydraBarrier, HydraSorber, HydraPump, or HydraTarp, these products can help prevent and mitigate flood damage and provide peace of mind during a flooding event.