When the Rain Comes | SERVPRO of Houston County
Rain can be a sweet gift throughout the year. Cooling the temps in the summer, bringing in the fall vibes of autumn or ushering in the cold chill of winter. But rain can also create a huge mess when it falls fast and hard.
When rain plagues our homes for days or an intense shower blows in, it can leave our roofs leaking and our foundation soggy. Flooding can cause massive amounts of damage, and flash flooding can happen so quickly that entire roadways can be washed out right before your eyes.
The good news is that SERVPRO® of Houston County is right around the corner, ready to help when things do get out of control. Our crew also wants to make sure you stay safe with a few prevention tips that can help mitigate disasters.
While Georgia weather can be a pretty mixed bag, central Georgia tends to be slightly more mild than the rest of the state. Even still, we see thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding throughout the year.
The spring and summer are especially brutal months for extreme weather, when a heavy rain can cause flash flooding that leaves roads covered in water and washes away loose items from yards. Heavy rains also hit regularly during the fall, leaving gutters overflowing and roofs leaking.
You can’t control Mother Nature, but you can do your best to get prepared for everything she brings. It’s crucial to keep a close eye on local weather reports throughout the year and create a plan of action for your family when flooding strikes.
When it comes to preparing for storms, safety should always be your first priority. If you are away from home when a storm is bringing flooding to the area, do your best to make it home or head for indoor shelter; never drive through water-covered roads.
At home, bring inside or strap down any loose items around your home. Park your car in a garage or higher ground. Put irreplaceable items in a high location and keep your important papers stored somewhere waterproof. If water starts to come in while you are at home, avoid stepping into it while it is still flowing. It can be moving a whole lot faster than your eye can see.
Turn the power off to any flooded areas of your home, or shut it off altogether. Stay dry as much as you can, and move very carefully through any waters if you do have to walk through water. Call us as soon as you can safely can so that we can start your restoration fast.
As we work with you to get everything put back together in your home, we can also help you better fortify your home to prevent future disasters. The best place to start is outside of your home in order to prevent water from coming in.
Talk with a professional about adding grading to your yard and other organic ways to keep water away from your home. Landscaping is a great line of defense to keep water from intruding.
A sump pump is another way to protect your foundation. If you don’t already have one, or yours couldn’t keep up during the last round of heavy rain, adding a properly sized pump can go a long way in preventing flooding as it works to flush water out just as fast as it is coming in.
Keep SERVPRO in your emergency contacts as another fast line of defense. We can respond to your property fast and start the drying, sanitization and mold prevention process right away. We can’t prevent storms, but we can take quick action to clean up and prevent extensive damages when we are prepared for them.
We are here for all of your water disasters. Contact us day or night for a quick recovery.