Flood damage prevention

Flood warning has been issued in Fargo/Moorhead area. Make sure that you take precautions before the disaster strikes and save yourself from flood damage.

Is the main electric switchbox located above potential flood water?
The main electric panel board should be at least 12 inches above the projected flood elevation for your home. The panel board height is regulated by code.

Are electric outlets and switches located above potential flood waters?
Consider elevating all electric outlets, switches, light sockets, baseboard heaters and wiring at least 12 inches above the projected flood elevation for your home. You may also want to elevate electric service lines (at the point they enter your home) at least 12 inches above the projected flood elevation. In areas that could get wet, connect all receptacles to a ground fault interrupter (GFI) circuit to avoid the risk of shock or electrocution.

Are the washer and dryer above potential flood waters?
For protection against shallow flood waters, the washer and dryer can sometimes be elevated on masonry or pressure-treated lumber at least 12 inches above the projected flood elevation. Other options are moving the washer and dryer to a higher floor, or building a floodwall around the appliances.

Are the furnace and water heater above potential flood waters?
The furnace and water heater can be placed on masonry blocks or concrete at least 12 inches above the projected flood elevation, moved to inside a floodwall or moved to a higher floor. Furnaces that operate horizontally can be suspended from ceiling joists if the joists are strong enough to hold the weight. Outside air conditioning compressors, heat pumps or package units can be placed on a base of masonry, concrete or elevated in some other way that is allowed by the building codes.

For more information and tips on flood damage prevention, go to http://www.cityoffargo.com/CityInfo/Departments/Engineering/FloodInformation/AvoidingFloodDamage/

Rainbow International can help you with the damage that can befall. Contact us if you need to recover your property from flood damage.

 

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