It was March of 1980 when heavy rain on top of snow pack created major flooding in the Town of Olive. Since the current conditions are consistent with those of 1980 there are a few reminders from the Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) that urge property owners to evaluate their flood risks as warmer weather arrives. The following are a few tips to prevent property damage when flooding is imminent.
1. Clear drains, gutters and downspouts of debris.
2. Move furniture & electronics off the floor, particularly in basements and first floor levels.
3. Roll up area rugs, where possible, and store these on higher floors or elevations. This will reduce the chances of rugs getting wet and growing mold.
4. Inspect sump pumps and drains to ensure proper operation.
If a sump pump has a battery back up, make sure the batteries are fresh or replace the batteries.
A sump pump needs to be away from basement walls to be effective.
Make sure the sump pump outlet pipe is clear and water flows freely away from your property.
5, Shut off electrical service at the main breaker if the electrical system and outlets may end up under water.
6. Place all appliances, including stoves, washers, dryers, etc. on masonry blocks or concrete at least 12 inches above the projected flood elevation.
7. Seal all cracks in walls, openings, or your foundation using masonry caulk or hydraulic cement.
8. Create an emergency preparedness kit and evacuation plan.