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Being Prepared: Flood Awareness Week

Floods are one of the most powerful, deadly, and destructive natural disasters.

Like Perma-Seal, the focus of the flood safety awareness message is to educate homeowners and encourage them to be proactive, and take the necessary steps to protect themselves and their property from water damage.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say over the past 30 years, 95 people have died during floods and more than 8 billion dollars in damages have occurred. For this reason, the National Weather Service, local meteorologist and police urge communities to have plan of action during the event of a flood.

Get together with your family members and discuss your communication and emergency plans. Every member needs to know where to meet if you get separated and who to notify. The National Weather Service recommends making a disaster preparedness kit that includes items such as water, food, prescription drugs and insurance information.

There are also a number of relatively inexpensive steps you can take to protect your home and property before a flood strikes. These include installing a floating floor drain plug in the floor drain. If the floor drain line backs up, the float will rise and plug the drain. In addition, you can have a licensed plumber install an interior or exterior backflow valve in the main sanitary sewer line to prevent floodwater causing sewage to back up and enter your home.

For over thirty-four years, Perma-Seal has been working hard to create permanently dry, healthy basements for Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Homeowners. Our trained technicians can perform a FREE professional evaluation and provide the best options to keep your home safe and dry. Call Perma-Seal 800-421-SEAL for more information and to schedule an appointment or fill the online form.

And for a complete guide to flood safety you can check the National Weather Service’s flood safety guide at the link below.