How to Prepare When a Storm Is in the Forecast
You should know well in advance when a storm is going to blow through Texarkana. While there is only so much you can do to prepare and protect your home, you should still take action to do everything possible to prevent flood water from entering your home and water damage from harming your property, because a completely flooded building is the last thing you need to deal with.
1. Learn How to Shut Off Electrical and Water Supply If you do not currently know where your circuit breaker and water main are located, then you need to find them on your property. You should turn off the power if your block experiences a power outage. You want to shut everything off because in the event power is restored, the sudden burst of energy could overload the system, resulting in significant damage to electrical appliances. You should also turn off all utilities right before you have to evacuate, if necessary.
2. Relocate Valuables Keep any precious heirlooms out of the basement, which is most susceptible to flood water. You also want to keep valuables away from doors and windows, because they are entry points by which water or winds can enter.
3. Trim Trees When you have several weeks’ notice of an oncoming storm in Texarkana, TX you should consider hiring a professional service to trim and prune trees that are too close to your home. A diseased tree or weakened branches can break off and strike a building.
4. Move Lawn Accessories Outside With strong enough winds, outdoor ornaments and furniture can become projectiles. Move them inside for the time being, or secure them outside by using a bungee cord or cable.
5. Maintain Gutters Your home’s gutters help keep flood water away from the siding and foundation of your house. Remove leaves and other debris from them regularly so water does not become impeded.
Call SERVPRO of Texarkana (903-832-4400) for more information on storm damage.