Phones have been ringing non stop at one Quad Cities business.
Blaze Restoration specializes in handling flood damage.
"We've been swamped," says Allen Nylin, Service Master by Blaze Restoration.
Inside Blaze Restoration's offices is a makeshift dispatch center, filled with dozens of service requests from all over the area.
"This is definitely affected more people," he adds. "A lot more widespread storm."
Allen Nylin has worked at the disaster restoration company for seven years, and says he's never been swamped with so many requests.
"You can only get to so many a day and the guys are working around the clock," he explains.
Over the course of the past week, the office has fielded more than 500 requests, for their staff of about 25. And for many of the basements and homes they've seen, it's a lost cause.
"Most of them have been completely ruined at this point," says Nylin.
So what can you do to make sure your home is ready for the next flood?
Mike Sedam of B & B Draintech says sump pump malfunctions have been the most common problem this time around.
He says people just don't take the time to clean them out and maintain them.
Sedam says sump pumps should be tested at least once a year to make sure they're ready when waters rise.
"It may have worked perfectly well last year but with some corrosion or some material that's picked up, it's not working at this time and unfortunately, you don't find that out until its too late," Mike Sedam, General Manager, says.
Sedam says it's also important to make sure your furniture is off the ground when the water hits to prevent mold.
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