Maryland Emergency Management Agency has a list of things to do before, during and after a hurricane.
Just when you thought the region had already seen enough biblical flooding for one summer, a hurricane is scheduled to make landfall later this week.
For many homeowners and renters, the recurring downpours have meant a season of flooded basements.
“It’s been insane,” said Kim Wagner, office manager at Worldwide Basement Waterproofing. The Maryland company offers waterproofing and foundation repairs in the region — but it’s booked through October already. With this summer’s historic rainfall, Wagner says, “This has been one of the busiest seasons in a really, really long time.”
And while current models don’t predict Hurricane Florence will hit Maryland directly, officials warn that the region is still likely to see buckets of rain this week.
» Make sure drains are cleared. If you think a drain is clogged, “Get that sucker snaked out now,” said Wagner, preferably by a professional plumber. She also recommends a tool called the Puddle Sucker.
» If you have a sump pump, make sure it’s working. Sump pumps can become unhooked, similar to the workings of a toilet, Wagner says. Test out the outlets with a hair dryer to make sure they’re active.
» Seal windows and door frames.
» Sand bags can be piled anywhere a leak is feared — in front of a basement door, or even around the entire perimeter of your house, Wagner says.