ST. PAUL, Minn. – Feb. 18, 2015 – Minneapolis Saint Paul Plumbing, Heating & Air, an HVAC and plumbing company serving the Twin Cities area, recognizes March as Flood Awareness Month by offering some useful tips for homeowners to take action in order to protect their homes from the threat of a flood.
According to a New York Times article, the state of Minnesota declared a state emergency in 35 counties last year after enduring the most widespread flood damage it has had in years. The impacts of the rainfall caused delayed working schedules, flooding in homes and businesses, mudslides, and numerous transportation issues.
“Last year’s floods were a nightmare, causing extensive damage to homes throughout the Twin Cities,” said Andy Ryan, general manager at Minneapolis Saint Paul Plumbing, Heating & Air. “This year, we want to make sure we take every measure possible to avoid last year’s mess and keep residents safe.”
With flood season right around the corner, Ryan stresses the importance for homeowners to take proper measures in order to protect their homes, belongings, and families. MSP Plumbing, Heating, and Air offers services such as home plumbing inspections and sump pump installation and repair to ensure residents are prepared in the event of a potential flood.
Throughout flood season, Twin Cities homeowners rely on sump pumps to remove excess water from areas prone to flooding, such as basements. With proper sump pump installation and usage, groundwater can be safely collected and discharged from the property without coming into the home.
Ryan also suggests installing power-outage protecting, or battery back-up, systems. These specific systems allow customers’ sump pumps to continue working efficiently even when power is knocked out during heavy spring or summer storms.
“Not every home in the Twin Cities area is equipped with a sump pump, and – if they are – battery back-up systems are almost never installed," said Ryan. “Taking the proper steps now is crucial for residents to save time and money while protecting their homes from the damaging impacts of floods and heavy rainfall.”
Residents can also take small, every-day measures toward prevention such as investing into a flood insurance policy, elevating appliances twelve inches and placing them on cinder blocks, anchoring appliances that are unable to be elevated, and storing all items with high value in higher places within the home.
To find out more, visit http://mspplumbingheatingair.com/
About Minneapolis Saint Paul Plumbing, Heating & Air
Minneapolis Saint Paul Plumbing, Heating & Air is a Better Business Bureau accredited, A+ residential HVAC provider servicing the Twin Cities, MN area. Founded in 1918, the company is family-owned and provides complete home repairs, replacements, and maintenance for Dakota, Ramsey, Hennepin, Washington, Anoka, Scott, and Carver counties. Regular and Emergency services are available with savings options such as the Service Partner Plan which can save customers up to 10 percent on repairs and services. For more information, call (651) 228-9200 or visit http://mspplumbingheatingair.com/.