“Springtime flooding awareness” Part 4 – Forecast preparation, Well Systems – early detection, Sand bagging and water-resistant totes/storage vessels

Although Mother Nature is uncontrollable and always in charge, there are things we can do to prepare for high water and flooding threats like heavy rains, forecasted weather systems and heavy snowpacks.

Keeping abreast of the professionally managed environment forecasting facts that are shared publicly is our best defence when preparing for inevitable threats to our property because of high-water tables. The first thing we need to do is pay attention to the local environmental and weather forecasting so we can be prepared for high water, spring run off, and abnormal weather events.

  1. Typically federal, and municipal forecasts will alert us in advance of aggressive weather systems like abnormal rainfall and unusually high snow-packs. Assessing your proximity to bodies water that are close to your property are critical to planning and executing flood control plans. Ask yourself, are you close enough for swelling rivers and streams to spill over and find their way to your property?

If so, its time to do some advance preparation.

  • Do you have a rural property that uses a well system? Wells can swell with water when spring run offs when they are abnormally abundant. When this is the case, you can use your well system to divert excess water to a safe runoff area by replumbing so that you are able to discharge excess water away from your structure and away from neighbouring dwellings to not cause washouts and therefore direct water away from potential washouts that can cause property damage.
  • In some cases, sandbagging and damning procedures can control excess water. Sometimes Mother Nature is stronger than all our efforts, however most times advanced preparation / early detection can avoid washouts into basement and redirect damaging water away from buildings and contents. Sandbagging is not for the faint of heart, you will need help. Typically, weather alerts will give you up to 72 hours to react.
  • Many household valuables can be stored in water-proof rubber totes, several brands of water-resistant storage vessels are available on the market. But almost all are not watertight, and we know of none that are watertight from the top lids. Rough treatment can cause cracks and holes as their structural integrity are extremely venerable to impacts. Holes and cracks caused by rough treatment, especially in cold temperatures make them brittle and therefore hypersensitive to impact damage. This can allow flood waters to destroy sensitive belongings stored within.

Higher quality storage totes handled with the proper care can save irreplaceable contents, and priceless documents, memorabilia, and photographs from being permanently lost in the unfortunate event of over-land flooding.

It is our observation that over the years of restoring water damaged contents, one thing that has always proved to be the most important possessions to property owners is usually priceless documentation and memorabilia. The best defence has always been proper storage. Unfortunately, this is commonly overlooked but easily secured by simple preparation. For more information regarding the above-described scenarios please contact HYDRACLEAN Disaster Restoration Services. Our 24Hr phone line is always answered and open to help you.


Mark J. Gotro CEO

AHERA Certified Building Inspector Certification #CABI-12-015

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HYDRACLEAN Disaster Restoration Services Ltd.

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