When The Levee Breaks And The Water Rises: 3 Tips To Keep Rising Waters From Damaging Your Home

In some areas, the risk of flooding is high when rains come. Levees are meant to protect populated areas from flooding, but they can fail. When levees break near your home, it is a race against times to keep the water out and prevent damage to your property. Here are some tips to help you protect your home from the rising waters:

1. Making Sandbags and Levees Out of Any Available Materials

If you want to keep the rising waters out of your home, you are going to need sandbags to build your own levees. Use whatever materials you have available to fill plastic bags, old clothing and anything else that you can fill with sand or dirt to use as sandbags. Cut the legs off old blue jeans to make long sand bags to keep water from entering doorway areas. Use old T-shirts to create larger sandbags and buildup levees. Plastic garbage bags can be used to create an impermeable barrier on any makeshift levees you build.              

2. Moving Valuables and Personal Items to Higher Ground When Water Rises

Once you have temporary levees in place, these will only hold the rising waters off for a short period of time. To protect your belongings, move valuables and personal effects to the highest areas of your home.  Create a safe zone and use more sandbags to protect this area of your home. If waters keep on rising, always make sure that you have a safe exit. Keeping a hatchet handy will allow you to escape by cutting a hole in the roof if needed. Your home is going to need thousands of dollars' worth of repairs, so do not worry about doing more damage; your safety should always come first.

3. Removing Carpet and Safety When Pumping Flood Waters Out of Your Home

One of the materials that absorbs water and contributes to damage is carpet. In addition, carpet can usually be saved if you rip it out and keep it safe from flood water contamination. When cleaning or working around flood waters, be safe; wear rubber boots and try not to come in contact too much with contaminated waters. In addition, make sure the electricity in your home is off before going near any flood waters. Stay away from waters near utilities that are still operational, such as live power lines, gas mains and power meters that still may carry live current.

These are some tips that will help protect your home from the rising waters coming through levees that have failed. Contact a home disaster restoration contractor to help you clean up quickly and limit the damage that flood waters do to your home.