Water is a powerful force, from a small leak inside your home to a torrential downpour outside the result is similar – your home flooded. Floods can occur in the countryside or in the city. Floods have, and will continue to affect thousands of Canadians annually as our climate – both inside and outside the home – continues to change.
In your home, flooding can occur any number of ways – a slow leak that ruptures, a clogged sewage, drainage systems forcing waste water back into your home, or urbanization such as paving leaving the water excessive rain and melting snow nowhere to go but into your home.
Recent U.S. statistics by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) cite a 1 in 4 chance of flood in high-risk areas over the course of the average 30-year mortgage. According to Public Safety Canada’s GetPrepared.ca campaign website, “Floods are the most frequent natural hazard in Canada. They can occur at any time of the year and are most often caused by heavy rainfall, rapid melting of a thick snow pack, ice jams, or more rarely, the failure of a natural or man-made dam.”
Water damage from flooding produces a wide range of health and safety risks in your home including:
- Structural damage, including mold
- Electrical damage and risks
- Cut off communications
- Defunct drainage and sewage systems
- Sanitary hazards and diseases from standing water
- Contaminated drinking water
The most devastating affect flood damage can have on you, your family, home, or business is loss of life. Flash floods are the number one weather-related killer in the U.S., claiming the lives of people, pets, livestock, and wild animals alike. Then there’s the emotional hardships of anxiety, depression, fear, anger, frustration, sadness, and grief that flood victims can experience coping with their situation along with the resulting relationships stresses, trouble sleeping, depress appetite, and more.
Lastly, but not least of all are the financial burdens that come with the loss of property, valuables, photographs, and family heirlooms – which becomes worse if you don’t have the right insurance coverage.
For your protection, find out what to do before, during, and after a flood. Make a family emergency plan, so that everyone knows what to do, and where to go in case of an emergency. Get an emergency kit, so that you and your family can be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours during a flood. Planning for a flood will also help prepare you for many other types of emergencies.
Contact Aaron & Son Plumbing for Flood Cleanup Services in Newmarket and Thornhill
Aaron & Son Plumbing & Drain Services are tailored to your plumbing needs for your home or business and are undertaken with the highest quality of care. For more information about us, our services and pricing, or if you have flooding related plumbing concerns, contact us in Aurora – Newmarket at 905-717-2277, in York Region at 905-731-3111, and in Toronto at 416-409-5511 today.