Though it’s not possible to know if and when a flood is going to impact your home, being prepared will help you deal with it in a much better way. It’s important to a have an emergency plan in place and it has to be something effective that you will be able to complete as quickly as possible when a flood comes in.
Safety Comes First
Even before we discuss different ways in which you can protect your furniture, always keep in mind that furniture is replaceable. There could be times when you will be tempted to ensure that it is protected, but if you are hard pressed for time in a flood situation, it’s not worth your life. In cases of a flash flood or a tornado, it’s crucial that you get to a very safe location first and do not be concerned about any of your possessions. Your safety is more important than the safety of your furniture.
Things You Can Do
In case you do have some time in a flood situation and it is not too severe (Like in cases where a hurricane warning has been relayed a couple of days in advance), you should try to take some precautions to attempt to protect at least some of the furniture. Recent flooding in Sydney has impacted a number of areas, and it also causes extensive damage to property. Though there isn’t much you can do to prevent flooding here are some things you can definitely do to protect your furniture in a flood:
#1 Move everything upstairs
Though this sounds easy, it might not be the easiest thing to actually do. But make an effort to move as much furniture as possible, to an upper level in your home. Your living conditions are bound to get cramped for some time, but it’s much better than trying to replace all the furniture later
#2 Use Rubbish to Protect the Furniture
Though this may sound a little strange when you read it; you should use plastic bags, paint pots, empty tins and anything else you can find which is waterproof, to protect your furniture from flood damage. If it’s not possible to move a particular piece of furniture to another level, put chair and table legs in empty pots or tins. Alternatively you can tie plastic bags around them in order that they don’t get damaged in case flood water enters your home
#3 Put furniture in Storage
If you have heard about the possibility of a storm or flood, you can consider moving all your furniture to self-storage. Today, it’s not difficult to find these facilities all over the country. In case the flooring in your house gets damaged in a flood, it will be easier for you to carry out repair work without worrying about the furniture- this is an added advantage
#4 Use Flood Bags
These are very large, water-proof defence systems that can be used to protect your belongings- be it chairs, tables, paperwork, items that have sentimental value, electrical goods etc. All you have to do is put these things in the bags, zip them up- and you won’t have to worry about any of them getting wet & damaged
If you feel there is a strong possibility of flooding in your area; it could be a good idea to invest in sandbags. Just place these outside your property- they will absorb water & reduce the chances of it flooding your home
#6 Flood-Proof Windows & Doors
If flooding is a regular occurrence in your area, then it makes a whole lot of sense to invest in flood-proof windows and doors. This helps in keeping out shallow water from your home and all your furniture and other possessions will not get damaged
Keep the Emergency Plan Ready
A flood is a natural occurrence and though you have no control over it, you hope it does not happen to your home. However, if you live in a flood-prone area, follow the steps outlined above, get that emergency plan in place and stock up on all the supplies you need to protect your furniture in a flood.
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