Every year, sewer and drain backups cause millions of dollars in flood damage nationwide, many of which are not covered by homeowners insurance.
In order to help prevent flooding and water damage from happening in your home, follow these tips:
- Make sure your drainage system is working properly
- Clean gutters at least once a year to prevent overflowing
- Make sure gutter spouts extend at least 10 feet away from the foundation so that water is carried far away from the home
- If your gutters connect to storm sewers, make sure the drain lines are kept clear.
- Consider installing an anti-backflow device to prevent water and sewage from backing up into the drain.
Even with these precautions, it is possible that one day you will experience water damage due to a sewer or drain backing up. In the event that happens, the first thing you need to do is remove any standing water as quickly as possible. The longer the water remains in your home, the greater the chance that molds may begin to grow and spread.
Contact a company that specializes in water damage restoration for the best solution. They will have the equipment necessary to pump out standing water and begin to dry the area as quickly as possible. By taking this action right away, you can minimize the amount of damage and save time and money.