Dealing With Flash Floods

Flash Floods Happen Often

In Central Texas, flash flooding is one of the most common natural disasters that significantly affects our lives, especially those who live in flood-prone areas. Flash flood hazards can be local, affecting a small community or locality or very large affecting multiple counties. If you are living in a flood-prone area or have been warned about heavy rain and impending flash floods, then you should prepare to evacuate as quickly as possible. In order to prevent water damage from flooding, you should take the necessary steps before, during and after the flood.

The following are the safety measures to be taken before a flood to prevent flood damage:

  • If you are living in a flood-prone area, you should elevate and reinforce your home to protect yourself and your property from flood hazards.
  • If your living area is susceptible to flooding, you should elevate the electric panel, water heater, furnace etc.
  • To prevent flood water from blocking the drains of your home, sewer taps should be installed with appropriate check valves.
  • You should construct barriers like flood walls, beams etc to prevent flood water from entering your building. This will help greatly to prevent flood damage.
  • You should also seal the walls of your basement with waterproofing compounds so as to avoid seepage.
  • If you have been warned of an impending flood, you should watch television or public communication media to gather more information about the disaster to come.
  • If you have been warned of a flash flooding, then you should not waste time waiting for instructions to evacuate but should move to a higher ground as quickly as possible.
  • If you are preparing to evacuate, then you should secure your home. If you have the time, move the valuables and essentials to an elevated place or upper floor. You should also turn off all the utilities like power supply, water supply, gas supply etc at its main source. Also disconnect all electrical appliances, if possible. This will help to prevent flood damage to the maximum extent possible.

The following are the safety measures to be taken during a flood to prevent flood damage:

  • During a flood, if you have to move through water, always walk through standing water. Also, check the firmness of the ground before you with a stick and only then, you move on. Never walk through moving water as it can make you fall.
  • It is very dangerous to drive in the floods, as the flood water can easily sweep you and your car. “TURN AROUND DON”T DROWN”
  • If you are in the car and if you see the flood water rising, then leave the car and move to a raised platform as quickly as possible.
  • The following are the safety measures to be taken after a flood to prevent flood damage:
  • Do not go back to your home as soon as the flood water recedes. You should go back to your home, only when it is declared safe to return to the flooded areas.
  • Do not turn on or start using utilities like power supply, water supply, gas supply etc immediately after a flood. Start using them only after it is declared safe to use them or an electrician has checked them.
  • Before starting living in your home and using your personal and household properties, you should clean, disinfect and dry out them. This will also help to prevent flood damage to a great extent.

If you are living in a flood-prone area, it is advisable to have flood insurance for your family and property. Remember flood damage is not covered by your homeowner’s insurance. This will help to reduce the cost of restoration after a flood.


Simple Ideas

Great inventions come sometimes come from simple ideas. Great Ideas . . . They come to us in fleeting glimpses, flashing thoughts, and inspired visualizations. We all have them, sometimes in dreams, sometimes after great thought and often out of the blue. They can pop up at any time wherever we are. Most of us have numerous ideas that could be put to the test and generate income for us in business or make life easier in a number of ways. Why then is this often not the case in practice?

  • First: most people do act on some ideas, generally those that do not take them too far out of there comfort zones.
  • Second: for most people, a great idea remains just that, a great idea. They either don’t have the desire, energy or drive to push past the inactive stage or they procrastinate and miss the boat.
  • Third: a lot of people don’t note the idea and it passes into the back blocks of their memory.

Usually, the great idea ends up being taken and the opportunity passes. Heard this story or experienced it before, certainly a lot of people I’ve spoken to have related this scenario to me. What is missing in this formula? A few select people take their ideas and turn them into gold, these are the entrepreneurs, the movers and the wealthy.

They take – ACTION!

It Takes Action

Action is like oxygen to the flame, without it there is no fire. It is really just about “doing it”, taking that step, lifting that phone or making the effort to begin. Action and effort transfer into movement and it is the movement that we need in both life and business. When starting a business, especially a home based business it is advisable to start small but aim BIG. Have the bigger long-term vision firm in your mind and even written down. This makes it easier to Act and keep focus and motivation.

Opportunity A Plenty

There are plenty of business opportunities out there, software to format your ideas into sellable products (i.e.. E-Books Software if your into writing books or reports) and Business resources both on and off the net to assist you. Remember, all successful businesses started with an idea and then

ACTION . . . Take that step now ACT, you’ll never know if you don’t try!

Bathroom Shower Designs

Separate Shower

Many small bathroom designs only include a bathtub, rather than a tub and a separate shower. Most of these tubs usually double as showers.  Even though it’s often a good thing to have one bathroom fixture that can do two jobs, you may be looking for a shower that’s larger, or more convenient, or more comfortable. If you’re planning a bathroom remodeling project, consider separating the tub and the shower, or even completely replacing the tub with a large shower. That means you’ll need a shower stall, either ready-made or built-to-fit. Bathroom shower designs cover a wide range of options, from all-in-one acrylic or fiberglass panel models, through molded pans to which you add your own wall covering, such as ceramic tile, all the way to custom built mortar pans as a base for tile or stone.

Bathroom Shower

Available Space

The most important factor when searching for a new shower stall is the amount of space that you have for it to fit into.  If you are changing from a combo bathtub/shower to a bathtub and a standalone shower, you may not have a lot of space to work with.  If that’s so, your options may be somewhat limited. On the other hand, if you are completely gutting and remodeling the whole room, you may be able to adjust the space available to fit the shower stall you’ve set your heart on.

Finding Parts

Once you’ve made the decision that you need to buy a new shower stall, as well as for deciding on the appropriate size, you’ll need to start shopping for your shower. You might expect to find all the parts you need all in the same place, but that may be more difficult than you expect. Although there are plenty of retailers, exceptionally large home improvement centers, that sell standalone shower kits, many do not, and you may not be looking for an all-in-one kit. The necessary parts may include, but aren’t necessarily limited to:

  • materials for building niche for shower
  • hower pan or floor drain fittings
  • shower wall materials (panels, tiles, mortar, etc)
  • shower door or curtain and rod
  • shower controls and head

Each of these items has many choices available, and you’ll need to make decisions about each one, first the type of item required, then the specific item you want to use.

The Drain

The extremely important practical point, especially where you’re replacing an existing shower stall, is the location of the drain piping in relation to the drain hole in the new shower pan. It’s essential that these match up!

Variety of Choices

Once the buying process starts, many homeowners go searching for the most beautiful looking standalone shower but may be disappointed that it doesn’t fall within their budget. Perhaps you may be looking for the best, but you might be remodeling your bathroom on a tight budget.  If so, you’ll be happy to learn that standalone showers and other shower components come in many different sizes, shapes, colors, and styles.  Whether you’re considering an expensive trendy looking shower, a traditionally styled one, something with dozens of nozzles for water, steam and who knows what else, or only the most affordable one that does what you need, there’s a strong chance that you can find exactly what you are looking for.

Home Improvement Stores

Most home improvement stores, online and offline, carry a selection of shower components and supplies, including some that are grouped into kits and which can be cheaper than buying all the parts separately. On the other hand, if you have the time and patience to watch for bargains, you can get great deals on separate components and match them together yourself. Offline “real world” stores have the advantage that you can see the actual shower stall you’re planning to buy, step into it, and try it out for size and comfort. Large stores sometimes have quite extensive displays of stalls and pans, and even more plumbing fixtures so you can see all the choices of faucets, valves, controls, and showerheads. Modern bathroom shower designs have changed a lot since our parents “two separate faucets on the wall, and a showerhead”.

Measure Twice, Cut Once

Many kit showers, or pans and wall panels made from acrylic or fiberglass, are simple for a moderately experienced DIY-er to install him or herself. The most important thing to remember is “measure twice, cut once”: especially for cutting holes for plumbing pipes, consider making a full-size template of the layout and transferring it to your wall panels.