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Flood Damage Prevention and Flood Preparation Checklist

One of the most important things you can do as a homeowner is protect your home from flooding. Depending on the size of your home and the breadth of your budget, you’ll have several options available to you. It’s just a matter of when you want to take advantage of them.

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In-the-Moment Prevention

Professional foundation and basement repair contractors want to help you take steps to preserve your home before a storm rolls in. You’ll have a number of in-the-moment options to pursue, including:

1. Installing A Sump Pump

Sump pumps work to protect your home from flooding, no matter how severe the weather is outside. While their effectiveness will vary based on the brand you’ve purchased, you can rely on a sump pump to remove 2,000 gallons of water from your home per hour, should the need call for it.

That said, you’re always going to want to invest in a backup battery sump pump in addition to a standard sump pump. Regular sump pumps rely on electricity to protect your home and will not work if the power goes out. Comparatively, battery backups can remove as much water as a standard pump from your home, even if your power is flickering.

2. Investing in Smart Sensors

If you have a smartphone at your disposal, consider installing smart sensors throughout your basement. You can place these sensors in your basement’s most sensitive corners, and they’ll alert you when or if your home starts to flood. These sensors aren’t just useful in the face of a storm, though. You can take the data you gather from them and share it with one of the professional contractors working in your area. It’ll be much easier to localize future anti-flooding measures when you know which parts of your basement are the most sensitive.

3. Cleaning Out Your Gutters and Downspouts

You don’t always have to install new anti-flooding measures to your home if you want to keep your belongings dry. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of maintaining what you have.

Before a storm rolls in, you should always make sure your gutters are clear and that your downspouts are appropriately aligned. Clogged gutters will spill water down onto the perimeter of your home, promoting flooding as they do. Similarly, misaligned downspouts won’t be able to direct water a safe distance from your home.

4. Elevating Important Belongings

One of the easiest ways to protect your belongings from damage is to keep them higher up in your basement. You may want to install additional shelving units to better keep your belongings off the ground.

5. Installing Backflow Drain Valves

Backflow drain valves help protect your home should your sewer or septic system overflow. These valves will not only keep unwanted water out of your home but raw sewage as well.

Preventative Strategies

While you can readily protect your home from flooding in the moment, there are some steps you can take well in advance that’ll keep your home safe from severe flooding. If you’re concerned about the structural integrity of your home, consider adding the following to your arsenal: 

1. Flood Vents

Flood vents may seem like unconventional anti-flood measures. Even as they allow water into your home, though, they protect your structural supports from significant damage.

The more pressure builds up outside of your home, for example, the more stress your walls and foundation will have to endure. If you give that excess rainwater somewhere to go, you won’t have to worry about your walls or foundation caving in.

2. Elevated Utilities

As mentioned, it’s always a good idea to keep your more important belongings higher up in your basement. This includes your utility systems. If you take active steps to elevate your systems, they’ll continue to work throughout your home even in the worst of storms.

3. Interior Drains

Interior drains are cousins to the sump pump, and they work well together. This is because the interior drainage system like BasementGutter intercepts water intrusion from the walls and floor. When this specially designed system collects water, it directs it to the sump pump to be pumped out of your basement and away from your home.

4. Exterior Drain Curtains

You’ll also want to do everything you can to keep your drains clear. Exterior drain curtains are designed to look like loose gravel and will keep larger obstructions away from your drain. This way, you won’t have to compromise the aesthetic of your home while also keeping your basement safe.

If you do take preventative steps to secure your home, be sure to get in touch with one of your insurance agency’s representatives. You may be able to lower your overall premiums with these measures in place. Want to learn more about your anti-flood options? Reach out to the foundation and basement repair contractors – like Mount Vallery Foundation Services – in your area so you can better protect your home. It all starts with a free inspection and estimate for potential services.