Top 3 Tips To Keep Your Home Safe From A Flood!
Although it doesn’t rain often here in Orange County, when it does, people aren’t always prepared for the worst. One of the worst situations you can find yourself in is being a victim to an unexpected flood that can destroy your home in a matter of minutes.
This is why it’s important to understand floods and how you can prepare yourself to protect your family and assets.
Even though there are many types of flooding, these are the two main types you should be aware of:
1) Flash Floods
Flash floods occur when rainfall rises rapidly due to a lack of soil or vegetation which allows torrential rains to flow overland rather than penetrate the ground.
2) River Floods
River flooding is excessive rain that rises slower over a large area and develops from longer-lasting rainstorms, which is common in areas with a wetter climate. Since Southern California is an area of dry climate and rocky terrain, it’s more prone to flash floods.
Here are 3 helpful tips for protecting your home from a flash flood:
- Keep those gutters clean! The most common reason homes begin experiencing a flood is because their first method of defense is dirty. Make sure all parts of the gutters are cleared from debris, especially the downspout!
- Purchase sandbags or flood barriers to keep large moving waters from entering your home! Having either of these at entrances such as the front door or garage will keep water from flooding through.
- Make sure the storm drain is cleared from debris. Usually, during a storm or flood, large amounts of debris is collected along the flow of water. Well, that debris gets carried to your nearest storm drain (located on the street) and clogs it up!
According to Ready, only 6 inches of moving water can literally push you down, and only ONE foot of moving water can sweep up your vehicle.
Enjoy the rain and stay safe!
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