Of all of the types of natural disasters, floods can be the most potentially devastating to a home or business. The most optimal solution to avoiding flood damage is to ensure that the house is built in such a way that water flows down from it rather than pooling up around it. However, for most people, simply moving their house to a more elevated area is not an option. There are several other steps that may be taken to reduce the risk of flooding and water damage to your home. While some of these tips may require a lot of effort, money, or time, many of these tips are simple solutions that anyone can do to reduce the risk of flood damage to their building.
1. Measure Flood Levels Around Your Home
By analyzing the levels of water around your home during an average rain storm, it is easy to determine whether or not your building is at risk for flood damage. You can also determine the way in which water flows around the building to see if water is likely reach places where it will cause damage.
Possible warning signs that a building is at risk of flood damage may include:
- Pools of standing water that remain after a storm has stopped
- Backed up sewers during storms
- Water marks or swells on the walls or baseboards of the building
- Low elevation in relation to surrounding areas
2. Install Special Valves to Regulate Water Flow
Services like FEMA and FLASH recommend specialized valves to redirect water in the event of a flood. By installing a backflow valve, you can avoid filling your home with water and sewage in the event that the sewer system becomes backed up.
3. Add Modifications to your Home
This option can be expensive depending upon the types of modifications you choose to make. A common way of preventing flood damage in high-risk areas is raising the house on stilts so that water can pass under it. Certain drains can be installed to redirect the flow of water through the house so that the water levels do not rise up to the house. Finally, as a cheaper option, many people opt to apply a dry coating to certain high-risk walls or areas of the home. This will minimize damage to these areas in the event of a flood.
4. Protect Sensitive Equipment
Certain electrical and heating equipment are typically situated in locations that would be prone to water exposure in the event of a flood. By raising equipment like circuit breakers and furnaces out of a potential flooding zone, you can save thousands of dollars in damages in the event that the home is flooded. The same actions should be taken to protect gas lines, fuel tanks, and generators.
If you have concerns about floods in your area and are looking to safeguard your home, call or stop by Florida Catastrophe. The experts at FLA-CAT have been handling emergencies repairs from incidents such as floods for years. They will help you assess the risks that flooding poses to your building and help you find the appropriate measures to take to ensure that your property is protected.