Top 5 Ways to Protect Your Home From Flood Damage

by Editor on July 31, 2013

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Whenever storms hit or flooding occurs in your local area, you risk flooding and unwanted water coming into your home. If not handled properly, this could result in significant damage to your home and expensive repair costs. Luckily there are ways to prevent indoor flooding and reduce the damage caused by water to protect yourself, your finances and the quality of your home. Here are 5 ways to protect your home from flood damage.

  1. First, ensure that your insurance will cover flood costs of buy a flood specific plan. This is important even if you are in an area that is not prone to flooding. Often homeowners in these areas are under-prepared and therefore financially hurt the most by flood damage since they did not plan ahead for a flood situation. This could save you a lot of out of pocket expenses in the event that your home is significantly damaged by water from a flood.
  2. Make sure water will not pool near your home. When water pools and sits outside, it can seriously damage and deteriorate the interior of your home. Make sure your property is appropriately graded in order to be sure that water flows away from your home. Also check that the drainage is led away from the house with ground drains or French drains. If leaks have occurred, try waterproofing these with a membrane material. Also take the time to caulk along any gaps or hole around the exterior of your home where water could be entering.
  3. In addition to sealing these exterior gaps, also seal areas inside. The biggest spots to focus on are your windows and doors. These fixtures often wear with time and can let a lot of water and elements into your home as gaps develop around the edges. Seal and caulk other areas that could potentially allow water to enter your home and lead to flooding such as faucets, electrical outlets, pipes and more. Use appropriate caulk types depending on where you are sealing gaps and cracks.
  4. Clean your gutters twice a year. Often gutters become stuffed with leaves and other debris that fall into them throughout the year. This debris can build up over time and clog the drainage of your gutters. When gutters are not clear, water builds up as well when it rains and then it can spill over, causing big puddles near the foundation of your home. This increases your risk of home flooding and leaks tremendously. In addition to cleaning your gutters, also be aware of the quality of your roof so that water is not entering from the ceiling.
  5. Finally, be conscious of electricity if your home floods. As soon as you notice any flooding, turn off all electricity inside of your home by shutting off the main electrical panel which provides power to your house. Never walk through water to do this as you risk getting shocked or electrocuted by electricity passing through the water. Turning off the power can help prevent any electrical damage or the potential of a fire breaking out.

In order to protect your home during a flood it is important to be prepared in advance and know how take measures during the flooding to reduce damage and costs. If you have any other concerns such as air conditioning and heating questions and answers you should talk to a professional about how to protect these appliances in case of a flood. All of these tips will help to keep your home safe during a flood so that you can minimize any damage and ensure piece of mind.

photo by: M. Keefe

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