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If you were a victim of the intense flooding that hit throughout the Triangle area over the weekend, you aren’t alone. At least 30 apartment complexes in West Raleigh were damaged from the rain, and one residence was confirmed to have caught on fire. With more than 5 inches of rain, these severe storms caused a lot of problems in relation to travel, weekend plans, and home life.

Even though it’s difficult to prepare for flash flooding, there are other ways to protect your home in the case of extreme weather. It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry, so we wanted to give you a few tips to aid in the process. With weather in the Triangle always up in the air, there’s no harm in taking the extra step to be ready for when storms arrive.

Rather than being stuck with foul smelling carpets and ruined appliances and flooring, take these tips into consideration for the next time that you hear about a severe storm that’s headed our way.

Know Where You Can Go For Disaster Relief

Most of the city governments in the Triangle area are extremely helpful when it comes to disaster relief. For example; the Red Cross worked with Hillside High School over the weekend to open a shelter for victims of the flood to have a dry place to sleep in. If you can’t find this info online, giving them a call will always be a good option.

Keep Your Drains Clean

Downspouts and eavestroughs can effortlessly become clogged with extra leaves and debris that is easy to forget about. Instead, make it a priority to check your drainage system bi-weekly. This will ensure that water is draining properly in order to avoid even more damage from leaks as a result of water backups. Ideally, drains should be located 6-feet away from your home.

Install a Backflow Valve

Unless the thought of your sewage backing up into your home sounds appealing, you might want to consider getting a professional to help install an interior or exterior backflow valve. According to the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, gate valves are the most reliable. With stronger seals that open automatically to allow water flow out, these valves will help to keep any extra water from getting inside your home in the first place.

Have an Emergency Kit Ready

In the worst-case scenario, you and your family might find yourself trapped inside for a few days without power or access to vehicles. A quality emergency kit includes a few days worth of water, a first-aid kit, flashlights, batteries, and canned food. All of these items will come in handy in the event of flooding and loss of power.

Clean Up Your Lawn

If you know a storm is in the works, get outside and do some lawn work. Strong wind is often a characteristic of severe storms and heavy rain, which can be damaging to your home in the event that they take flight. Check your trees for any dead or dying limbs, and be sure to expose of them in a secure spot. As far as your lawn furniture is concerned, move those into your house before the storm hits. If you’re a fan of flowerpots and other outdoor accessories, those can come inside as well. If you’re working with larger items that can’t be moved, it’s always a good idea to tie them down.

Even with the preventative steps of taking these steps to safeguard your home against damage, you can’t control Mother Nature. In the event of a severe storm, A+ Tree & Crane Services should be your go-to option for tree removal and cleanup when the wind and rain take a toll on your lawn.

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