WAKEFIELD, Mass., March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Locals continue to weather their fair share of severe storms each year causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage from flooding. It is Flood Safety Awareness Week and 128 Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric, a BBB A+ rated company that has been servicing Eastern Mass. for 25 years, offers homeowners preparedness tips to protect their homes in the event of a damaging flood within the home.
"Imagine the awful sight of coming home to a flooded basement. It can happen to anyone without expecting it; whether traveling or just at work for the day it can be very damaging," said Ryan Williams, general manager. "We not only help those who have experienced flood damage restore their homes after the storm passes, but we actively promote preventative actions within the home that can put you at ease. For Flood Safety Awareness Week, we want to make sure homeowners stay safe first, and are able to protect their homes as much as possible."
Here are a few tips from Williams to help homeowners prepare before a flood occurrence:
- Consider Your Hot Water Heater - You should know the age of your hot water heater. Daily usage and water condition can heavily impact the lifespan of it. Keep an eye out for any drips, leaks, or rust spots for it might be an early indication that its better days are well behind it. This is, unfortunately, a very common occurrence for us.
- Don't Overthink the Obvious - Your existing copper piping may be showing sign of corrosion and/or leaks. Preventative maintenance is the best medicine for your existing plumbing.
- Brass is Good for the Scrapyard - Not Your Home - We find that most brass piping is between 60-100 years old in New England. Replacement is encouraged before neglecting any potential water damage.
- Obtain a Flood Insurance Policy and Know Your Coverages - Find out if you have a flood insurance policy. If you don't have a flood insurance policy, contact your insurance agent today. Make sure you are clear on your coverage amount before a flood occurs.
- Protect Important Documents - Keep receipts and copies of all important documents in a safe place well above the basement, including mortgage papers, passport, bank information and insurance policies.
- Itemize and Take Photos of Property - Create an itemized list and take pictures of your home, property and possessions as proof of your pre-flood assets and store them with your important documents securely.
- Build or Buy an Emergency Kit - Like they always say, keep an emergency kit on hand with a battery-powered radio, flashlight, batteries, candles, waterproof matches, bottled water and non-perishable food for a minimum of three days.
To find out more about 128 Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric and how the company can help you prevent and repair flood damage, visit www.call128.com or call 1-888-419-4233.
About 128 Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric
128 Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric, rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, was founded in Wakefield, Massachusetts more than 25 years ago. Since their start, 128 PHCE has expanded and grown to become Eastern Massachusetts' most trusted and consistent plumber, heating and air conditioning service company. For more information, call 888-419-4233 or visit www.call128.com.
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