Is your home at risk of flooding? Here’s what you can do to prevent flood damage!
Many basements are prone to water leakages, groundwater seepage, and the overflowing of rainwater. This causes the basements to flood. This is more common in areas with frequent heavy rains or homes with a foundation below the sea level.
Flooding puts your home and belongings at a higher risk of getting damaged. If your home is located in a flood-prone area, you’ll have to take active safety measures to minimize damage. We strongly recommend seeking professional water damage remediation in case your basement gets flooded. You can also take a few preventive measures to flood-proof your home.
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Elevate your home
You can keep your home safe from flooding by raising it above the flood level. Consider using piers or stilts to elevate your home by a foot or two. This preventive method is highly efficient, and can save your basement and your home from severe damage in the long run.
Sealants and coatings
Sealing the leak-prone spots is another effective method of preventing floodwater from entering your basement and damaging your home. Apply coatings and sealant on walls, doorways, and the foundation of your home to prevent floodwater from seeping into the basement.
Seal your pipes
One of the major contributing causes of flooding in basements is the leakage in pipes. To prevent your sewage system from overflowing and leaking inside your home, you need to use valves to seal all the pipes that enter your home. Cover all the pipes with gate valves, so they are able to withstand the pressure created from the flood.
Install a sump pump
A sump pump or foundation vents help a great deal in ensuring that the floodwater flows through your house instead of standing in it in the form of a pool. It’s a method of wet flood-proofing and prevents your home from getting damaged due to the pressure of the floodwater on the walls, floor, and windows.
Professional restoration companies also use sump pumps during the restorative process. It is highly efficient at pumping out the floodwater from your basement and other rooms. If you live in a flood-prone zone, a sump pump is a tool that you must keep at home.
Direct your gutter runoff away from your home
To minimize the damage from flooding, you need to ensure that your downspout and gutter runoff is set towards the opposite direction of your house. It will keep the runoff from pooling around your house.
Elevate all electrical switchboards
Flooding is a major contributor to electrical damage and accidents. This puts your home and family at a higher risk of injury. Make sure you install all your electrical switchboards, sockets, outlets, and breakers at a height from the ground.