Preventative Steps To Guard Against Flood Damage
What can you do to protect your home from flooding? When faced with this question, you should know that there are many things that you can do to protect your property. The measures that you can take vary based on what sort of home you are protecting, where you are located, and the general flooding hazard that you might be facing. Although some of these steps are quite simple, others may require contacting a contractor or a professional flood restoration company.
When undertaking measures to prevent flooding in your home, the first thing you need to figure out is your flooding risk. You should contact your local floodplain management office, or other similar offices in your city in order to obtain general information about the region. Ask to see a flood map of your town and area and check to see if there is an estimated flood elevation chart. Check your property for all of these things in order to see the theoretical flood risk. This should help you get an idea of the amount of water you need to prepare for in the event of flooding.
Some basic things to check in your house involve the electrical system and heating circuits. Make sure that your main electric switchbox is located the projected water elevation for your property. All electrical work is regulated federally and often locally, so it is necessary to hire a licensed electrician if you are not properly accredited. When building a home, it is prudent to take into account the possible water elevation when you are siting electrical outlets and switches. Outlets, switches, light sockets, general wiring, and the baseboard heating vents should all be considered if you are at risk for flood damage. Placing your electrical wiring above possible water damage is a good habit, as is using a ground fault interrupter in order to mitigate the risk of electrical shocks and electrocution. As with your switchbox work, all electrical work needs to be done by a properly licensed individual.
Your large appliances such as the washer and dryer can also be sited in your home to avoid flood damage, either by raising them with lumber or masonry or possibly moving your laundry room to a secondary floor. Another option is to build a floodwall around the appliances. Depending on your flood risk, you may also want to consider placing your furnace and water heater above the projected flood water levels for your property. This can be accomplished similarly to protecting your laundry appliances – raise the appliances on platforms or risers, move them to a secondary floor or possibly mount them in an elevated or horizontal position on a wall or ceiling. Check your model water heater and furnace before doing any of these steps to prevent improper mounting. External air conditioning units can likewise be protected through elevation or floodwalls. Always make sure to follow your state and local building codes when undertaking development projects.
In addition to securing your basic appliances and your electrical system, you should also check your sewer system for a backflow valve. Consider installing one if your home is not equipped as these valves can help when the local sewer system is overwhelmed. You can also check roofing gutters and the drainage surrounding your home, reinforce your exterior walls or elevate the entire property in order to keep above the estimated flood risk level. Even if you have taken preventative steps, you should still make sure you have proper flood insurance if you are located in a floodplain. In general, homeowners’ policies do not cover flood damage so it is often necessary to take out a separate plan specifically for flooding. After buying new flood insurance, it may take up to thirty days before your home is covered by the policy – this is why insurance is a preventative measure. You need to already have insurance before your need is quantified. Prevention is all about being prepared before the worst happens. All the steps that you take are to prevent accidents from ever occurring and to get you back on your feet when they hit you. In all of these prevention steps, if you have any questions, call Restoration Local 24/7 at 1-888-443-3110 for a free estimate!