Spring is the time of year for flooding and taking steps to safeguard your home from flooding is important. Floods can occur anytime from any number of causes and cost hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.
Knowing how to protect your home and safeguard your valuables in anticipation of a flood will help reduce the likelihood of severe loss. Floods are both one of the most common and most devastating natural disasters, so preparing well before waters rise is extremely important. Here are some useful tips to help in your preparation endeavors.
Elevating appliances and valuables before a flood arrives is important. Relocate furniture and appliances from basements and first floor levels. Also, elevate them with cinder blocks at least 12 inches above the base flood elevation. Relocate electronics and other valuables to a higher, safer place, such as on shelves inside a closet. Roll up rugs and store them in higher places. A flood will ruin rugs and carpet as they become water logged and contaminated. In anticipation of a flood, try and get everything you can off the base flood elevation to help prevent water damage.
Take steps to prepare your home to prevent water from entering. Doing things like installing a drainage system around your home, installing a sewage back-flow valve to prevent sewage backup, clearing drains, gutters, and downspouts of debris to keep water flowing, and adding landscaping around the house to ensure water doesn’t pool around the foundation are all effective ways to prevent water damage. The exterior of your home may be more vulnerable to water entering than you think, so inspect the outside carefully and try to make it as flood resistant as possible.
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If you live in a flood prone area, consider dry-flood proofing your home. This is accomplished by adding a waterproof coating to exterior walls and installing watertight shield over all windows and doors. This process may also include reinforcing walls to make them more resistant to the pressure of flood waters and floating debris. Adding a sump pump and foundation drain system, such as a ‘French drain’ are also effective flood proofing additions. Doing what you can to seal your home and safeguard the foundation from water entering is the best way to mitigate potential damage from flood waters.