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What can you do you to prepare for a
Many have already experienced
It is best, if not essential, that before flooding occurs to turn off the main power switch to your home, office or building while staying perfectly clear of anything that can conduct electricity. Remember this can include metal pipes and ladders and even damp wood, rugs and even wet news papers. The next step in this home safety sequence is to move any large appliances that you can to the next higher level of your home. For all that remain raise all you can off the floor using saw horses and tables.
Furnace fan motors, oil burning motors as well as pressure systems can usually be removed and stored. As well take precautions to prevent sewer backup. This can mean backup valves, a sump with sump pump pit chamber is often recommended. Just test the pump to make sure that it works. As well check that the outlet hose is not occluded. More than one home owner has been given the surprise of an unexpected flood when they arrive home – unexpected as they had thought themselves well protected only to find that for simple tests ahead of time would of shown them that either the outlet hose was occluded or over the winter time the pump had been unplugged and was totally non functional. Often these pumps are unplugged at various times of the either to stop them running dry. The electrical outlet is used for another purpose or some member of the family objected to the noise of the sump pump and thus unplugged it. Simply do these simple checks ahead of time. It’s well worth the mark on your yearly spring check up list.
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You can call your local power company’s service department. If they are too busy solving the host of problems of other home owner’s also being flooded you may have to spring the cash for an electrician.