Five Ways You Can Protect Your Home Against Flooding
Many homeowners believe that they are simply at the mercy of nature when it comes to flood damage, but fortunately, that is far from the truth. Proactive ways exist to help minimize flood damage in the event that one occurs in your area—and even if you don't live in a flood plain, there is an approximate one-in-five chance that your area will experience flooding. After all, floods are the #1 natural disaster in the U.S.
Following are five strategies designed to protect your home against flooding.
Have Foundation Cracks Repaired
Floodwaters can wreak havoc by eroding foundation materials and creating unstable surfaces when they seep through cracked foundations, so keep your foundation in good repair. This is an inexpensive fix that can save significant sums in potential repairs, so be sure to check your foundations for cracks on a regular basis and repair them in a timely fashion.
Anchor Fuel Tanks
Unanchored fuel tanks can break free as flood waters rise, posing a substantial hazard to your entire community because supply lines that have been severed have the potential to contaminate the area, and the heavy fuel tanks themselves may cause serious damage to other objects or rupture and release fuel. Having these raised and anchored protects you and your neighbors from floating fuel tanks during flooding.
Waterproof Exterior Walls
Having waterproof veneer applied to exterior walls will help prevent the outside of your home from being damaged by floodwaters, but the protection doesn't stop there—waterproof siding can also prevent floodwaters from seeping into your home's interior. Adding closed-cell foam insulation also helps guard against water damage. As a final layer of protection, consider applying waterproof paint to both the interior and exterior walls of your home.
Raise Electrical Components
Raising outlets, light switches, meters, fuse boxes, and other electrical components help minimize chances of these units becoming damaged by floodwaters. It may also prevent scenarios where fires start as a result of short-circuiting caused by water accessing live electricity. Those living in areas with substantial risk of flooding may also choose to have their household appliances raised at least two feet above floor level.
Install Gate Valves on Your Sewer System
One of the most unpleasant and potentially damaging side effects of flooding is sewage that backs up into your home. You can circumvent this scenario by having manual gate valves installed so that you can quickly provide strong protection against sewage backflow in the event of flooding.
Please feel free to contact your local repair and restoration contractor for more advice on keeping your home safe from floodwaters.