We are in the first weeks of Spring, and although it is always good to see the sunshine, hear the birds chirping, and see the grass beginning to turn green, there are some other parts of Spring that we must be prepared for. Here in the Midwest, and in Madison County, we must consider that this time of the year can also bring many storms and rain showers. This can also mean the risk of flooding or tornadoes. While preparing for this potentially rainy season, some things to be aware of are:
- Have you checked your sump pump?- Sump pump failures can be a cause of many water related emergencies. It is important to check that your sump pump is working properly, plugged in, and has a working battery backup if it has that feature.
- Your insurance coverage – Check your insurance coverage to see what would be considered a coverable loss. Consider making any changes to your insurance policy that you think might be necessary. It is always a good idea to be knowledgeable and prepared in case an emergency happens.
- Have an updated home inventory – While this can feel like an overwhelming task, it can be an invaluable resource in in the case of an emergency. There are many apps that are available to help you create a running list of the items that you have in your household. This list can help immensely in the event that you need to ever file an insurance claim. Another way to record items in your house is to record a video of each room in your house. Don’t forget to include areas such as closets or in drawers. Be sure to include serial numbers when applicable and ensure that the video is backed up somewhere that you can access it remotely if needed.
- Have an emergency plan prepared for you and your family – This may include such as things as having copies of important papers such as insurance or medical information backed up and stored in a safe place, having an idea of where your family and pets could go in an emergency, and having a list of emergency contacts prepared. Knowing this information and being prepared can lessen panic and help to ease the chaos that an emergency situation may bring.
All of us at SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy are wishing you a safe and dry spring season. However, if you should be affected by spring storms or any other emergency, our experienced team is available 24/7. Contact our office at any time at 618-667-8648.