Columbia flood relief services working to help homeowners
COLUMBIA - Flood relief services are working overtime Tuesday to clean up after this past weekend's rainfall.
Helitech Waterproofing and Foundation Repair received 425 calls company-wide from homeowners Monday morning. Project Specialist Larry Ishmael said the company has been able to get to 35 homes since Monday.
"They're all calling about cracked basements that are leaking or floors that are leaking," Ishmael said.
Ishmael said the majority of the calls Helitech has received are about residential homes but also received one from a business. He said the Missouri Community Action Center suffered from cracks in the foundation that resulted in leaks, which is a common factor in residential flooding.
"Gutters and downspouts at least 10-15 feet away, gutters cleaned, make sure your grade is not sloping toward your house," Ishmael said.
He also said the worst instance of flooding he has seen was two inches of water in a homeowner's basement.
"People had been pumping water all day and all night, setting their alarm clocks to dry-vac it," Ishmael said.
Ishmael said many insurance companies do not cover flooding in houses, which is why flood preparation is very important.
"Always check your home and don't wait if you get a little leak, sooner or later it will become a big leak," Ishmael said.