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5 Tips to Make a Flood Proof House

Written by Posted On Monday, 18 November 2019 00:46


According to experts, repairing water damage can cost between $1,126 and $4,425. It may cost you, even more, when a flood wreaks havoc on your home. If you experienced this nightmare in the past, you may be considering turning your property into a flood proof house.

It may cost you a bit, but the benefits outweigh the costs of protecting your home. Believe it or not, it's easier than you think even though some changes may require help from a contractor. Don't know where to start?

We've got you covered. Here are 5 tips you should consider when developing your flood prevention plan.

  1. Raise Outdoor Tanks and Units Above Flood Level

Most HVAC units and water tanks get damaged during a flood due to their location. To protect this equipment, it's important to make sure you locate them above the flood level.

If you're unsure, you should consider consulting a local contractor. An expert can provide insight into where and how to anchor these units to protect them during a flood.

  1. Protect Your Electrical and Climate Systems

Flooding can damage your home's electrical and climate systems. Like with outdoor tanks and units, avoiding this damage will come down to making sure these systems are at least one foot above flood level. An electrician can help you relocate any switches, circuit breakers, wiring, and sockets as flooding prevention.

  1. Install Backflow Prevention Valves on Your Pipes

Floods can cause sewage systems to backup into your home. The best way to prevent it from flooding your home is by installing backflow valves on all pipes entering your home.

Consider installing gate valves since these provide a better seal preventing backflow into your home. You should consult a plumber to learn more about your options and make these improvements to your pipes.

  1. Modify Your Landscaping to Prevent Flood Damage

Believe it or not, your landscaping can cause damage to your siding and help water get inside your home. A good flooding prevention practice is taking a hard look at your home exterior and noticing any places where water pools.

Make sure to create space between the mulch and your siding to avoid any damage to your siding. If you notice water streaming toward your home, you may consider digging swales or other methods to channel the water and prevent flooding.

  1. Dry-Flood Proof Your Home

Applying sealants to your foundation, windows, walls, and doorways is a great way to protect your home. These coatings prevent water from getting into your home.

Consider hiring a professional to dry-flood proof your home to implement the best flooding prevention. Besides flood proofing your home, you should also consult an insurance expert for more information about your flood insurance options and its cost.

Can You Turn Your Home into a Flood Proof House?

You can turn your property into a flood proof house. It will all come down to developing a plan to prevent any flood damage to your home. Changes from modifying your landscaping to installing backflow prevention valves can help you avoid any damages to your home.

While you may be able to do some of the work, you should consult with a contractor about the best ways to protect your home. You may also consider obtaining flood insurance as a safety net for any potential flood damages.

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