So far this summer, parts of the U.S. have received record setting rainfall causing flooding to streets, commercial buildings and homes. Have you thought about what you would do if a flood occurred in your area? Whether you’re driving a car or inside your home or office, knowing what to do if a flood hits may help avoid damage and keep you safe from harm.
If there is excess water on the street…
- If you lose traction in your tires, take your foot off the accelerator until you are able to steer the car again. Do not brake!
- If your car fishtails, ease off the gas slowly. Do not brake unless your foot is already on the brake then lift it off slowly. Steer into the opposite direction you are fishtailing.
- Never drive through a flooded roadway no matter how shallow you think the water looks. You cannot predict how deep the water may be.
- To prevent a car accident, keep extra space between you and the car in front of you in case a driver brakes quickly. While averaging 64 mph, one vehicle’s distance to a complete stop is approximately 304 feet, or the length of an entire football field.
- Check your tire pressure once per month. Inflated tires can save money with better gas mileage and help prevent crashes caused by failed tires.
If there is flooding inside your home or office…
- Follow evacuation protocol and call 911 if you experience any danger
- Try to secure your home before evacuating if it’s safe to do so
- Use at-home sandbags and towels in pipes
- Contact your insurance company
- Call Paul!
Water damage restoration services provided by Paul Davis…
- 24/7 emergency services
- Water damage assessment, water extraction and removal
- Drying out affected areas of your home (including walls, carpet/padding, furniture)
- Cleaning and restoration of personal possessions (clothes, linens, books, documents, etc.)
- Mold and mildew remediation
- Locate and repair source of leaking water
- Insurance claim assistance
References: Weather.com | Smartmotorists.com | Driversedguru.com