Even though El Paso is a desert city, homeowners can still be at risk of floods or water damage. The dry desert climate places homeowners into a false sense of security. But a flood or any other water problem can quickly wreak havoc in your home, damaging furniture, appliances, and personal belongings. It’s best for homeowners to be prepared to deal with water damage, but often homeowners don’t consider this until it’s too late. If you’re in need of assistance from a damage restoration contractor, Lariat Builders Group can help.
Even Desert Dwellers Have to Be Weary of Flooding
Even though it may not rain too often in El Paso, that doesn’t mean that homeowners are always completely safe from flooding. In 2006, El Paso was ravaged by a tremendous storm that went on for days. Entire houses were flooded and destroyed, forcing homeowners to seek expensive restorations or move into entirely new homes. Floods come in a flash and it’s difficult to prepare once it starts to rain. But what if you prepared before any flash flood warnings start to buzz on your smartphone?
Preparing Before the Flood
In order to prepare accordingly, you need to understand what a flood (or water damage) can do to your home. First and foremost, it’s paramount for your electrical components to be at least 12 inches from your home’s projected flood elevation. A trustworthy electrician can help you in this regard. If your home floods and the water is at the level of your electrical outlets, your home can become incredibly dangerous. Your loved ones can be at risk of electrocution.
Floods can also lead to backflow so it’s important to install backflow valves to prevent flood water from entering your home through your drains, toilets, or sinks. Although these steps may help you to avoid detrimental flooding issues, they may not completely halt the flooding process. In the event that your home floods, your home will suffer from damages that will require restoration services.
What to Do After a Flood
Even the most insignificant form of water damage can lead to unsafe situations. The flood water could have damaged much more than just the carpet in your living room. Water damage restoration requires your home’s walls, roofs, and flooring to be repaired. Depending on the level of the damage, your home may require more substantial repairs. Air ducts and sewage systems, for instance, may have also suffered from water damage. In order for your home’s repairs to be as complete as possible, it’s crucial to team up with a damage restoration contractor who can provide exactly what you need. Contact Lariat Builders Group today to learn more about how we can help you when the next big storm hits.