This week is Flood Safety Awareness week! Believe it or not, everyone in the United States lives in a flood zone. These zones are classified as either low, moderate, or high risk for flooding. If you don’t know which zone your home or business is in, you can find out by visiting FEMA’s (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Flood Service Map Center.
During the spring, rapid snow melt and heavy rain can increase the risk of seasonal flooding, which is unfortunately a common occurrence in some areas of Wisconsin. According to the US Geological Survey, just one inch of snow across one acre of land can produce 1,300-5,400 gallons of water when melted, depending on its density.
First and foremost, make sure you review your homeowner’s insurance coverage with your agent to make sure you have the necessary coverage for your home. You can minimize the risk of damage to your home/business by removing snow from your roof and around your home/building by following these steps:
- Monitor your yard and spread out or remove large piles of snow before it melts.
- Pay attention to how your yard slopes and where it drains—this will help you keep water from flowing to places it shouldn’t.
- If you don’t already have one, install a sump pump and keep a battery-operated backup to remove water from your basement.
- Inspect your foundation for cracks that could allow water to leak into your home/business.
- Make sure gutters are working properly and moving water away from your home/business.
If you experience water damage in your home, give us a call at 715-842-2488! We are available 24/7/365.