Water damage Melbourne - flood waters penetrate a home
What is Melbourne Water Damage Mitigation?
Water mitigation or Melbourne water removal generally means reducing the amount of water damage that occurs after a flood or a substantial pipe leak. Water mitigation prevents more damage by taking rapid, smart actions and is always necessary after plumbing fails or when flood waters penetrate a home or business.
Tips To Mitigate Water Damage in Melbourne Before and After a Flood
Move Valuables To Higher Locations
Place valuable (and often irreplaceable) items like family heirlooms, family photo albums, personal tapes, medical records and so forth on higher ground or even higher floors. Leaving this type of property in a basement, for example, is a disaster waiting to happen.
The same applies to hazardous materials. Always put substances such as oil, cleaning supplies, paint and other toxic materials well above ground level.
Check Your Sump Pump
Clean out your home or business's sump pump and pit. Next, test it out by pouring water into the pit. For additional protection, it's wise to have a spare submersible sump pump.
Use Permanent Grids To Cover Basement Floor Drains
Put a partially inflated inner tube around the drain. Next, cover it with a piece of plywood that's slightly larger than the tube. Secure the plywood and ball in the drain in place. Expect some seepage.
Prepare Appliances For Flooding
Turn off appliances at the fuse box or breaker panel and place large appliances like washer-dryers and freezers on top of cement blocks or wood planks to keep their motors above water. If high water is near and these type of appliances can't be readily moved, wrap them up in polyethylene film using cord or rope. Even if water still gets in, the silt buildup will be greatly mitigated and Melbourne water removal will be ten times easier.
Get Snow Away From Your Home's Foundation
If the ground around your home is sloped 1 inch per foot, move any snow at least three to five feet to mitigate flooding if and when the snow melts.
Keep Water Out of Window Wells
Considering that windows can't sustain much pressure, build dams around them and shape the ground so that water drains away from the house avoiding water damage restoration.
Gather Supplies In Case of a Electricity Outage
Round up essentials like non-perishable food, bottled water, a battery-powered radio and flashlight, and batteries before a flood happens.