Ready for Rain NH? 3 Important Tips to Prevent Flood Damage
New England is preparing for a lot of rain this weekend.
With warm temperatures arriving just after a snow bomb and arctic level temperatures, residents will have to prepare for the snow and ice melting in addition to the rain.
The damage a flood can cause can be extremely dangerous and costly, so here are some tips to take extra precaution.
3. Clear your drains, culverts and roofs
Any surface area on your house should be clear to prevent it from collapsing.
Dover Fire Chief Eric Hagman said in a prepared press release that a roof could collapse with little warning and that flat roofs are not the only type of roof susceptible to flood damage.
There are some signs that you can look for potential flood damage:
- Sagging roof steel - visually deformed;
- Severe or new roof leaks;
- Cracked or split wood members;
- Bends or ripples in metal supports;
- Recent cracks in walls, drywall or masonry;
- Cracks in welds of steel construction;
- Sheared off screws from steel frames;
- Sprinkler heads pushed down below ceiling tiles;
- Doors that pop open;
- Doors or windows that are difficult to open;
- Bowed utility pipes or conduits attached to the ceiling;
- Creaking, cracking or popping sounds.
The state of New Hampshire Department of Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the office of the state Fire Marshal also warned that anyone who intends to shovel or rake snow from their roof is at risk for falling or having snow fall on them.
2. Protect your home from the inside
There are several preventative actions against flood damage you can make within your house.
The National Weather Service said that homeowners can fill sandbags and place them at entryways into their home to stop the water.
Also, be aware of any electrical outlets in your house. If water has entered your basement or another room, look to see if the outlets have been submerged in water. If they are, do not enter the room.
If you feel its necessary before the flood, turn off your main power switch.
1. Turn around, don't drown.
To protect your car, seal off any opening the car may have like windows and doors. If you have the opportunity to park the vehicle on a hill, do so to avoid any running streams or pooling water.
The NWS said to keep in mind that if your car is parked on a street, 6 inches of running water can knock down an adult, a foot of running water can move your small car and 2-feet of rushing water can move your SUV.
If you have to drive and come across pooling water and the painted lines on the road are obstructed by the water, do not cross.