Ancillary Equipment

Written by Renee Eng
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Moving your property out of harm's way, as far as possible, is probably the most important thing you can do to limit flood damage. However, it's not the only thing. With the judicious choice of a few pieces of ancillary equipment you can significantly reduce clean up work and flood damage.

Limiting Flood Damage

The most important step you can take to limit flood damage is to erect barriers all around your home, and particularly in the direction from which you expect flood waters to rise. You can cover openings to your house such as air vents, windows and doors with plywood, securely attached. Outside, building dams from earth is more of a permanent solution, but if you're in an area that floods regularly, you should consider it seriously.

The old sandbag solution still holds good wherever you live. A well-packed wall of sandbags can be a very effective solution to limit the extent of flooding. You'll need something to help you fill bags with sand, in addition to a good supply of small sacks suitable for sandbags. Try to make sure you have this equipment well in advance because supplies will be low when everyone is preparing for a flood.

If you have a basement, you'll need a pump to clear the area of flood water as soon as the waters subside. Remember that you'll have to turn off your electricity while the flood is in progress, so the pump won't work during this time. After the flood, you will need photographs of all your belongings that you want to claim for insurance purposes, so you might consider a camera as a piece of ancillary flooding equipment here, too.

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