Going Green: Protecting Your Homes Against Flooding

Published 12/24 2013 09:13AM

Updated 01/09 2014 10:47AM

Several homes in our area have been damaged by rising water.  Homeowners should be conscious of how they are protecting their homes against flooding, and be aware of the clean, green ways to treat damage to their homes.

Flooding is the most common natural disaster, but when disaster strikes, it's important to know the correct way to protect and restore your home without causing future damaged to your home or your health.

Sean Gibson is the Lead Water Technician for Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling.  After the water is extracted, the process isn't complicated, but it's important to get your home dry as quickly as possible in order to avoid mold development and other future problems.

This homeowner's sump pump gave out over the weekend due to the heavy flooding.  Fortunately, most of the damage was only done to the carpet.

"When you would have a sump pump failure or a broken pipe or that kind of thing, any contents, furniture, and that kind of thing can be dried out unless it's particle board or anything that expands."

If it's contaminated by sewage, Gibson recommends using an all organic product called Benefect, which is a hospital grade disinfectant.

"It is very safe around pets and children, even if you have allergies or other sensitivities."

This is the safe alternative to trying to save your assets with over the counter cleaners that contain toxic chemicals.

"We see a lot of sump pumps that fail after about 7 years it seems like, I don't know why.  There are ways to further protect yourself, to have a battery back-up and to maybe have an alarm."

Gibson says the best way to protect your home from water damage, is to check your basement immediately after a heavy rainfall.  This will prevent an even bigger mess in the future.

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