Remember the old saying “April showers bring May flowers?” Well, this year it seems like April showers have just brought May showers. The Baltimore area has seen more than its fair share of rain this spring. In fact, April’s rainfall totals came within a 10th of an inch of the previous record, a record that has stood since 1889. As of May 1st, Baltimore had already seen 20.27 inches of precipitation, the most rain to start a year since 1998. And May has seen more than a little rain itself: 2.48 inches.
So what does this all mean to you? Be on the lookout for Flood Damage. Even if you live in an area with a “low risk” of flooding, there is still a risk, especially during severe storms. The two key elements that contribute to flash flooding are rainfall intensity and duration. We already know that Maryland has seen a lot of rain, but that is just one part of the puzzle. Flash flooding occurs when the rainfall intensity (the rate of rainfall) is high and the duration (how long the rain lasts) is long. Topography, soil conditions, and ground cover also play important roles.
Heavy rains throughout Maryland have caused flash flooding, sending countless homeowners into a panic.
What to do if your basement floods
First and foremost, take a deep breath. Do not panic. Pick up the phone and call ServiceMaster of Baltimore. We will guide you through every step of the process. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and handle flood damage with the utmost care, speed, and effectiveness. As an IICRC Certified company, we will do everything possible to reduce your loss and preserve your property.
Preparing for future flooding
Because a flash flood can occur at any time, without warning, it is important to be prepared.
- Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a waterproof safe-deposit box. Remember, you may need quick, easy access to these documents. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), water damage accounts for 22% of all residential insurance claims.
- Raise your furnace, water heater, and electric panel to higher floors to prevent damage.
- Test your sump pump to ensure it is working properly. Sump pump overflow is one of the leading causes of basement water damage in Baltimore.
- Install check valves in building sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home.
- Build a flood emergency kit.
- Make a family communication plan.
- Don’t Panic!
Hopefully you have found our blog, “Heavy Rainfall in Baltimore leads to Flood Damage” informative and helpful. Continue to check back weekly for more helpful home improvement tips.
April 2014 narrowly misses rainfall record in Baltimore, The Baltimore Sun