Flood Preparedness

Don’t leave anything to chance when it comes to flooding! Prepare your home and property for spring flooding to prevent severe damage. Visit your local KENT before winter thaws to prevent, manage, and recover from flooding.

Prevention

Homes near water or in low-lying areas are especially susceptible to flooding. Even homes in low risk areas can be susceptible to heavy rains or improper drainage. For low risk areas, sealing cracks around windows, doors, and repairing any previous damage will help prevent drips. Partner crack sealing with improving your property’s drainage: clearing gutters and drains will avoid any clogging and properly divert any moisture heading your way. In high risk areas sandbags may be necessary to hold off water, however; it is best to work with the approaching water by preparing your home rather than trying to divert rising water levels. Under the advice of professionals, take care to protect any gas, electricity, or fuel sources that could be affected.

bathroom sketchbathroom sketch

Management

Be ready for water when it arrives! During flooding, you will need to manage any drains or pumps in addition to preparing safety & evacuation gear. Emergency kits should include plenty of bottled water, batteries or chargers, flashlights, blankets, a first aid kit, comfortable clothes, cash, and a few days’ worth of non-perishable food. Portable generators may also be needed to help keep basic appliances running. Always follow local authorities advice on evacuation and communicate your emergency plans with friends or family.

 

High risk homes may also need equipment like sump pumps, check valves, or generators. Flood prevention infrastructure should be evaluated and installed well before or after flood season, and should always be installed by professional contractors.

two white vanitiestwo white vanities

Clean Up

Removing floodwater may not as straightforward as simply pumping it out of your space. Water pressure must be managed carefully to prevent further damage and in extreme cases disaster clean up professionals may be needed. For low level flooding, clean up should be started as soon as possible: pump or mop water, open windows and doors, and use fans to help dry out your home. Wear sturdy, waterproof boots and gloves. Floodwater is likely to be contaminated and should be treated as such! Once water is removed and surfaces are dry, disinfect all affected surfaces. Evaluate damaged areas and visit your local KENT for assistance with repairs to drywall, furniture, or flooring.

In certain areas, flooding may be inevitable. Take precautions to update your infrastructure, prepare your emergency kit, and have KENT experts guide you to the right equipment and tools to manage flooding in your area. Always consult professionals for assistance with extreme flooding and stay safe this spring!

← Previous Next →

Recommended Articles

  • When To Replace Roofing & Siding

    When To Replace Roofing & Siding

    Give your home some TLC this season with proper upgrades to your roofing and siding! Most home elements will last many years with regular maintenance, but will need replacing after 5, 10, 15, or even 20 years. Know what signs indicate it’s upgrade time, and find all the expertise and supplies you’ll need at the KENT Project Centre!

  • How to Organize Your Home

    How to Organize Your Home

    Organizing your home doesn’t have to be complicated. When you start small, clutter of any scale can be managed with the right tools: baskets, cabinets, shelves, and hooks give all your items a home! From bedrooms, to kitchens, to garages, separating and sorting can help you find what you need, when you need it.