The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has devastated the Gulf Coast of Texas. Seeing the photographs of people's homes flooding is terrifying and saddening. The amount of water Houston and other Gulf Coast cities experienced is more than most structures can bear. However, the team at Overhead Door has some tips on how to handle garage flooding if it does occur in your home.
Garage Flooding Do's and Don'ts
DO Try to Be Prepared
Preparation is the best thing you can do to keep your garage organized. Many homeowners use their garage as storage instead of vehicle parking. Make sure that you keep boxes, tools, and other items securely stored off of the ground. Additionally, protect your garage from water seepage by repairing cracks and installing weather stripping where you can.
DON'T Wade in the Flood Water
There are multiple reasons to avoid flood waters, especially in your garage. Not only is most of the water contaminated due to broken sewer lines, there are other unseen dangers. Broken glass, sharp objects, and chemicals could be swirling in the water. Many people keep oil, pesticides, and fertilizers in their garages. All of these things should keep you from wanting to wade out.
DO Consider Making a Flood Cut
After the water is done rising in your home, consult a contractor to assess the damage to your garage. Most flood water is likely to be contaminated, so a flood cut on your garage wall may be necessary. A flood cut is the removal of drywall 12-18 inches above where the water stopped. In some cases, the remainder of your walls can be saved. However, in high water, the entire garage may need to be gutted.
DON'T Forget About Electricity
There are many electrical appliances in your garage. If you can, safely switch off the break to this area. Electricity can easily pass through water. To avoid injury, it's important to stay out of your garage until the water goes down, especially if you have low-lying electrical outlets. Also, don't string extenstion cords over flooded waters.
Overhead Door sends our love and support to those impacted by this weekend's deadly storms. We're proud to be a Texas business!