Water woes: Things to know with wet weather ahead
With our Wisconsin winter coming to a close and the temperatures finally exceeding freezing, there is more to consider than just the beautiful weather ahead. Because the ground is still frozen, all of the melting snow and ice is going to need to find a place to go. Our Public Works crews have been hard at work clearing the storm drains to help prevent street flooding, but excessive water around your house could still cause flooding. Here are some important tips about preparing for and handling floods in your home.
Prevention is Key:
- If you have a sump pump, ensure that it is in working order before and during its operation.
- If possible, clear gutters and downspouts to allow for proper water drainage away from your home.
- Ensure you have safe drinking water in case your water supply is contaminated or disabled.
- Avoid flooded areas outside the home as they may contain contaminants or dangerous debris.
- Practice electrical safety. Remember - water and electricity are not a good combination. Turn off your electricity before entering areas with standing water. If your electrical box is located in the flooded area, contact your power company. Do not touch your electrical box while standing in water!
- Depending on the severity of the flood, be aware of the potential for natural gas leaks, structural damage to your home, or food contamination.
- Mold can begin growing in just a few days. Be quick and effective. Dispose of any contaminated items which cannot be saved. Dry the area completely and disinfect with warm water and soap or an ammonia-free household cleaner. Follow up by disinfecting with a bleach solution if necessary. Disinfecting your home is important to preventing future problems.
Head to the state Department of Health Services website for additional information about flood preparation and recovery.