Are you ready in case of flooding

With climate change, floods have become more frequent and unpredictable. Thankfully, you can count on us to find all the equipment and necessary products to prevent messes and intervene in case of damage.

PREVENTION IS ALWAYS A WINNER
Maintain your house on a regular basis. You will be able to avoid many issues and reduce the damage that could be caused to your property.
1. Seal your doors and windows
They are prone to water infiltration. If the sealant or caulking erodes, replace them to increase the tightness of the sealing of your doors and windows.
2. Inspect the outside of your house
Never leave a chance for infiltration by plugging all holes and cracks that you can find. Binoculars are useful to examine in great detail the top of your trimmings.
3. Check your drainage system
Clear your gutters. Use a downspout extension to avoid having water accumulate next to the foundations.
4. Test your sump pump
To test it, put enough water in the drainage basin to make the floater rise. The pump should then start to work.
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During a storm or hurricane, power outages are frequent. It’s useful to have an emergency, battery operated pumping system. In case of failure, the emergency system will take the relay over the main pump to protect your basement.
THE IDEAL EMERGENCY KIT
In addition to having an evacuation plan, each home should have an emergency kit. Store it in a place that is accessible and known to all.
THE IDEAL EMERGENCY KIT
In it, you should find :

  • A flashlight
  • Batteries and chargers
  • A battery-operated radio
  • An axe
  • A rope
  • Tape for conduits
  • A utility knife
  • Waterproof lighters
  • Emergency candles
  • A First Aid kit
WHAT TO DO IF IT HAPPENS TO YOU?
We wouldn’t wish for this type of water damage on anyone, but if this happens to you, you must act quickly. The process can be long and it’s not always easy. However, you can always ask for tips from our experts.
1. PUMP THE WATER FROM THE BASEMENT
Do not pump the water too quickly. Weakened walls could potentially collapse. Generally speaking, we should remove a third of the water volume each day.
2. CLEAN AND DISINFECT
Throw out the objects and materials that were submerged in water. Then, clean and disinfect hard surfaces that got wet with a disinfecting product such as trisodium phosphate (T.S.P).
3. REMOVE THE GYPSUM
Gypsum that’s been swimming in water must be quickly torn down to avoid rotting and mold. The ideal way would be to cut the gypsum sheet 50 cm above the height where the water has risen. You can replace the missing sections afterwards.
4. AERATE THE ROOMS
Open your doors and windows. Install fans and portable dryers, and use a wet/dry vacuum to vacuum the last traces of water. Then, put humidity absorbers in your cupboards and closets. A dehumidifier is also useful to accelerate the drying period of the walls.
ELIMINATE MOLD
Use anti-mold products. You can use a fine sand paper to remove stains on your surfaces.
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Safety first

Wear waterproof boots, long clothes and leakproof gloves at all times to protect your skin. Toxic materials can potentially be present in the water.
YOUR CLEANUP MUST-HAVES
Here is a list of items you should always have close by. Don’t wait until you have both feet in the water before getting them.
  • Mops and buckets
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Dehumidifier
  • Portable generator
  • Basic tools (hammer, screwdriver, brushes, etc.)
  • Drill/screwdriver without wires and batteries
  • Ladder
  • Plywood
  • Screws
  • Safety glasses
  • Garbage bags
  • Rubber boots
  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety helmet
  • Dust mask
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In the months that follow, look out for odours associated with humidity. Keep track of any new stains that form. If there are any, you must act quickly to stop any spread.

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