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Flood Damage Prevention and Flood Preparation Checklist

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When it comes to protecting your home from water runoff, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the tools you need in place. Whether you’re taking preventative measures ahead of time or acting in the moment, there are steps you can take to ensure that your home stays as dry as possible.

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Taking Preventative Steps in The Moment

You can readily protect your home from water damage even when news of a storm is brand new. You’ll want to take advantage of the tools at your disposal and act quickly by:

  • Installing A Sump Pump

Sump pumps are among the most common anti-flooding measures installed in homes to date. These pumps can remove 2,000 gallons of water or more per hour from your home, depending on the brand you’ve invested in. Installation typically takes a day or less.

You’ll also be able to invest in battery backup sump pumps with relative ease. You always want to have a backup on hand, just in case the power goes out in your home. Battery backup sump pumps are just as effective as standard sump pumps, and while they can’t replace a sump pump entirely, they will give you the time you need to get the power back on in your home.

  • Investing in Smart Sensors

Smart sensors alert you to the presence of water in your home courtesy of an app on your phone. You can install them throughout your basement and use the data provided to act when your home begins to flood. You’ll also be able to share this data with the foundation or basement repair professional of your choice. As such, you can invest in more localized waterproofing measures after a storm has passed.

  • Cleaning Out Your Gutters and Downspouts

Your gutters and downspouts actively direct water away from your home. However, if you don’t maintain them, the runoff that results from obstructions or missed connections can cause water to seep into your basement, foundation, or crawl space. Prior to a storm, you’ll want to quickly clean out your gutters and make sure your downspouts are appropriately aligned.

  • Elevating Important Belongings

If you don’t feel you have the time or resources to invest in waterproofing measures, you can always go back to the basics. It’s easy to elevate the belongings you’re most worried about. The higher up in your basement these belongings are, the less likely it is that they’ll come into direct contact with any floodwaters that enter your home.

  • Installing Backflow Drain Valves

If you have a septic system buried beneath your yard or are in close proximity to a sewer, you may want to consider investing in backflow drain valves. These valves keep overflow out of your home if a septic or sewer system becomes damaged. Not only will you be safer from water damage with these valves in place, but you won’t have to worry about raw sewage getting into your home, either.

Preventative Strategies

If you’re interested in preparing your home for a flood before it starts to storm, you’re in luck. You can lay out preventative strategies with any of the professionals working in your area. The best way to start is by expanding your toolkit, which you can do by considering waterproofing measures like:

  • Flood Vents

Flood vents take a significant amount of hydrostatic pressure off your walls and foundation during a storm. However, you will need to install additional waterproofing measures after investing in flood vents. These vents allow water to flow into your home. In giving that water a place to go, the vents offer your structural supports a reprieve and help you keep your home intact.

  • Elevated Utilities

As mentioned, it’s never a bad idea to keep your most important belongings higher up in your basement. This can include your utility systems. You can install shelving units to elevate your systems or talk to your local professionals about installing them so they don’t rest on the ground.

  • Interior Drains

Interior drains work similarly to sump pumps when it comes to protecting your home, but they don’t require electricity. These systems – like BasementGutter™ – instead use a network of pipes around the perimeter of your home to collect water from your basement. That said, it is best to pair your interior drain with a sump pump for a more comprehensive solution and to keep the removed water from re-entering your home.

  • Exterior Drain Curtains

Exterior drain curtains resemble loose gravel and can be draped over your drains. When in place, these curtains keep larger objects from obstructing your drain, ensuring that water continues to safely flow out of your home.

If you do opt to prepare your home for a flood ahead of time, be sure to get in touch with one of the representatives with your insurance provider. You may be able to lower your premiums.

Ready to protect your home? Get in touch with a local professional specializing in basement waterproofing. After a free inspection and estimate, you’ll be able to determine which of the available anti-flooding measures may suit your home best.

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