Tips for Floodproofing Your Home

1 inch doesn’t sound like a lot, right?

When it comes to floodwater, though, it can be nothing short of calamitous. Seriously, a measly 1 inch of water can cause a whopping $25,000 of damage to your property! And that’s just the financial cost…

It’s hard to put a price on the true cost of flooding when you take into account the sentimental value of your possessions as well – not to mention the time, energy, and stress of remedying whatever destruction occurs.

That’s why floodproofing your home is so important. With a few simple steps, you can protect your property and prevent it from suffering a wet and watery fate. Want to find out how to do it?

Read on for a selection of vital tips on effective home flood protection.

 

Run a Risk Assessment

The first step to creating a floodproof home is to know if (and how) it’s vulnerable. Skip this part of the process and you risk making mistakes and/or taking needless preventative action! You could spend money on unnecessary safeguards or, even worse, fail to identify areas of weakness.

Likewise, if you haven’t bought the property yet, it’s worth finding out whether or not it’s been flooded in the past. If so, when, and to what extent? Your neighbors can be an invaluable source of information here – especially when they’ve lived in the area for a long time.

 

Tips for Floodproofing Your Home

 

Get Insurance

Buying flood insurance is the next sensible step to take. It may even be obligatory! Indeed, it’s a legal requirement to be insured against this eventuality when you live in a flood zone and have a federally backed mortgage.

To figure out how much it’ll cost, you can find more information on betterflood.com and other websites of that nature.

Don’t assume your current insurance policy’s sufficient either. Countless people get caught out every year when they realize their provider doesn’t cover water damage caused by extreme weather. It’s a similar story for the emergency funds provided by the government, which are rarely enough to cover damages.

Oh, and you can’t rest on your laurels just because you live outside a flood zone! A sizeable chunk of flood insurance claims come from people in your shoes.

Raise Things Up

Items at the lowest levels of your home are most vulnerable to flood damage. So be sure to pay attention to this when running your risk assessment! Your electrical sockets, boiler, A/C unit, and other HVAC equipment may all need to be moved upward (e.g. to another floor or elevated on a platform).

The same applies to everything of value in the living areas. For example, if a flood seems imminent, you could place soft furnishings on piles of bricks, cinder blocks, or wooden pallets. Failing that, you could move everything upstairs or install some new shelves to raise smaller valuables above water level.

 

Tips for Floodproofing Your Home

 

Consider Your Yard

Effective floodproofing starts outside. With that in mind, take a long hard look at your front and back yards. Do they seem to invite floodwater into your house or direct water away from it?

If it’s the former (and you live somewhere that’s prone to flooding), then it’s time to change the landscaping! You could dig swales to divert runoff away from the property, and replace impermeable asphalt or concrete driveways with porous gravel or brick. And why not lay some absorbent mulch while you’re at it?

Top tip: Putting a big barrel beneath a gutter downspout will help collect rainwater and reduce the risk of flooding in the process.

Buy Protective Products and Materials

Failing to prepare is like preparing to fail! That’s why it makes sense to invest in a selection of home flooding solutions that’ll help limit the damage in worst-case scenarios.

As a minimum, we recommend having waterproof plastic bags and elastic bands available to protect things like table and chair legs. Removable barriers for windows and doors make great defenses too – as do temporary seals for doors. You can also buy water sensors that detect rising water levels and alert you to flooding ASAP.

Nobody wants a bathroom and/or basement full of sewage either, which is why we recommend installing one-way valves on your toilets and drain pipes. Having a pump and sump system will help drain water away too.

 

Tips for Floodproofing Your Home

 

Be Materially Mindful

Imagine paying thousands of dollars to renovate your kitchen, only for a flood to ruin those beautiful new MDF/chipboard cupboards and skirting boards! It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare.

Thankfully, you can avoid that fate by choosing water-resistant materials from the outset. Materials such as plastic, certain metals, and solid wood don’t absorb as much water and dry much quicker as a result.

Relocate

The idea of moving is never fun when you love your home, neighbors, and the local area. However, in extreme cases, it’s the most sensible step to take if you wish to avoid the trauma of flood damage (not to mention the cost of repairs).

If this seems like the only option, then you should check your eligibility for a buyout program for “repetitive loss properties”. There are no guarantees, but it isn’t unheard of for the government to purchase such homes at their pre-disaster market value! Visit your regional FEMA office to find out more.

Start Floodproofing Your Home Today

It’s hard to overstate how much damage floodwater can cause when it gains access to your home. It saturates soft furnishings, ruins photographs and pieces of art, destroys electronic equipment, and, in sufficient quantities, can even threaten the structural integrity of the property.

In other words, taking preventative action is a must! We hope the tips on floodproofing your home will help in that regard. Put any or all of them into practice and you should be a few steps closer to averting disaster whenever it next floods in your area.

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