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Flood Damage

Flood damage may occur as a result of a broken pipe, floodwaters, a storm overflow, sewerage system overflow or drainage system malfunctions. Almost any home can be susceptible to flood damage, although homes and businesses in poor drainage areas or in flood potential areas will have the most threat. ServiceMaster by Williams has been providing an immediate response and professional service for water damage in Worcester and Franklin Counties of Massachusetts for over 30 years.

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It only takes a few inches of water to cause considerable damage to your home or business. Removing the water quickly and an immediate response by a water damage expert is extremely important. Besides the more visible damage to your home, the hidden dangers of water damage are what can truly prove to be costly. Risk of mold, structural damage from improper drying, and other issues can occur when the proper equipment and training is not utilized.

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S., according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Flooding can cause damage to carpeting or flooring, furniture, walls, appliances, lighting, and appliances. The secondary threat of mold will soon follow…

Ways to Prevent Flood Damage

1. Keep gutters and drainage spouts clear

2. Install Back flow Valves
A flooded sewer system can cause sewage to back up into your home. So that you won’t find yourself knee-deep in you-know-what, install an interior or exterior back flow valve, IBHS advises.

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, or FLASH, recommends gate valves. They are more complex, and you operate them by hand. But they provide stronger seals than flap or check valves, which open automatically to allow water to flow out and then close when water tries to get in.

Valves should be installed on all pipes entering the house, FLASH advises.

3. Flood Proof your Basement

Basements are prone to floods because water easily flows down into them and because of  an increased hydrostatic pressure when the surrounding ground is saturated. There are a number of additional measures homeowners and business owners can take to reduce the occurance and amount of basement  damage. These include inspecting your basement for any signs of water leakage or entry, caulking cracks. To other preventative actions such as re-grading the land to slope away from the building.

4. Consider Dry Flood Proofing your home or business:

If your property is at high risk due to proximity to water or flood-level grade, you may want to consider dry flood proofing measures such as applying a waterproof coating to the walls, to strengthening walls to withstand flood water pressures.

5. Protect your well from contamination

If you think your well may be susceptible to flooding, call in a professional well inspector to safeguard your well from possible contamination.

 If flooding is an immediate threat…

Take last-minute measures as waters rise

  • Clear gutters, drains and downspouts.
  • Move furniture, rugs, electronics and other belongings to upper floors, or at least raise them off a ground floor.
  • Shut off electricity at the breaker panel.
  • Elevate major appliances onto concrete blocks if they’re potentially in harm’s way from flooding.

To make your home or business more resistant to flooding, find more resources available at http://www.disastersafety.org/flood/.

ServiceMaster by Williams provides 24/7 immediate response for flood damage in Worcester, Fitchburg, Gardner, Leominster and Greenfield areas of Massachusetts.