What to Do for Flood Prevention
While it’s not possible to completely floodproof your home, there are a number of ways that you can help to lower your risks.
- Make sure your property is graded properly
- Your landscaping, yard, and driveway should all have at least a 5% grade away from your home’s foundation. Without this, water can pool around your foundation, potentially leading to cracks settling and flooding.
- Check the exterior of your home
- Your gutters and downspouts are essential in preventing water damage in your home. Without them, there is nothing to guide the water from your roof away from your home and prevent pooling around it. Be sure to inspect and clean your gutters regularly and if you’re expecting a big storm it wouldn’t hurt to check them both before and after for any damages or clogs.
- Routine Maintenance
- Inspect your plumbing for any signs of damage and consider hiring a plumber to perform annual maintenance on your pipes such as inspections and cleaning. A busted pipe in your home can cause huge amounts of water damage.
- Preventative Tools
- Perhaps one of the most important things you can do inside your home is to install a sump pump. These are responsible for pumping groundwater away from the foundation. You can also install backflow valves on your plumbing to help prevent any sewer backups.
No matter what you do in an effort to “floodproof” your home, there’s always a chance that something will fail, and water will get in. Remember that flood waters are considered a class 3 water damage and should always be handled by professionals.