Living near the coast or in places where it storms frequently often makes homeowners wonder how they can best protect their homes from flooding. Many homeowner’s insurance plans don’t include flood damage cleanup unless you purchase supplemental insurance add-ons. While we can’t recommend skipping the extra insurance coverage, there are a few ways you can improve your home and make it more flood-resistant.
Flooring- One way to make flood damage cleanup easier in case of a flood or natural disaster is to have the most durable and flood-resistant types of flooring, including ceramic or porcelain tile (which is the best), laminate, or vinyl.
Yard Slope- Make sure that your yard has the proper gradient and slopes down and away from the foundation of your home. This dramatically reduces your need for flood damage cleanup because you are draining the water away from your home, which will stop water from pooling around the perimeter of the house.
Roof Drainage- Roof leaks don’t often end up requiring extensive flood damage cleanup, but not having good drainage, or gutter system on your roof can cause basement flooding. The gutter system, like your yard slope, should guide water away from your house where it can saturate the ground without the risk of flooding the basement.
Install Sewer Water Backstop- A licensed plumber will be needed to install a sewage water backstop. These devices keep sewer mains from backing up and flooding basements during and after heavy rainstorms. Many bigger cities and municipalities have these devices installed throughout their overtaxed sewer systems.
Water-Tight Shields- When you know bad weather such as hurricanes or severe thunderstorms with flooding are going to be in the area, install shields over the windows and doors that feature sealants and membranes that stop water from seeping in from the openings in your home. You can also use sandbags to build flood walls around the foundation of your home.
You can’t always prepare for disaster to strike, but there are professional flood damage cleanup companies around to help you restore your home to grandeur. They can also give you advice on how to protect your home from future flood incidents.