Floods can be devastating to a home and its belongings. Floods are not only hazardous to your home but also to the emotional well-being of you and your family. Fortunately, there are some ways to reduce this risk by taking some simple precautionary steps. If your city or local municipality doesn’t prepare your local drainage systems properly then spring runoff can cause serious flooding. So as a homeowner you need to take steps to ensure that both your physical property and loved ones remain safe from harm's way.
Seal it Up
Homeowners who have not taken the necessary steps to protect their dwellings from flooding face catastrophic consequences. One of the most effective ways to protect your home against flood damage is to seal it up.
This includes making sure that all doors and windows are properly sealed, as well as any other areas where water may be able to enter including around pipes, air ducts, and other openings. You may also want to consider installing flood-resistant door frames and windows, which are designed to reduce the amount of water that can enter your home in the event of a flood.
Secure Your Roof
When it comes to protecting your home from flooding, the roof and gutter system are two of the most important components. Clearing your gutters ensures they can do their job of directing water off of your roof. Also taking steps to secure them can make a major difference in preventing flood damage. Properly installed gutters and downspouts help divert water away from your home's foundation, lessening the chances of flooding.
To ensure your gutters are working correctly, clean them out regularly to make sure they're clear of debris. You should also periodically check to see if your roof is in good condition and free of any holes or cracks that could cause problems during heavy rainstorms. Finally, consider installing a gutter guard system over your gutters to further reduce the risk of flooding.
Excavate Your Yard
One of the most important steps homeowners can take to prevent flooding is to excavate their yards. Proper excavation of your yard will ensure that rainwater and runoff flow away from your home, rather than pooling up around it. When water pools near the foundation of a house, it can seep through the walls and result in costly structural damage. Make sure that the yard is sloped away from your home, and consider installing a French drain along the perimeter of your house if needed.
With some preparation and preventative maintenance on an ongoing basis, you can reduce your risk of future flooding events so they won’t cause too much disruption or harm to you or your belongings.