Flooding is a natural disaster unlike any other; it costs U.S. residents more money than any other wreckage brought on by Mother Nature. It can spring upon us at a moment’s notice, and can leave in its wake uncommon clean-up issues. If it happens to strike your home and you’re unprepared, you will be left to deal with smelly and soaked carpeting, furniture, walls, appliances, and busted electronics. In turn you’ll invest serious time and money into ripping out walls, carpeting, insulation—basically the essential components of your home.
According to FEMA, a good place to start is the understanding of your flood level, and this can be found by checking the flood maps on FEMA’s website. There are a few other measures you can take to help keep your home prepared in case this unpredictable event.
First is safeguarding your electrical and climate systems by raising the switches and circuit breakers and modifying your furnace and water heater. It would also be wise to raise outdoor equipment and anchor anything mobile; this includes fuel tanks, AC units and generators.
Next it’s important to modify the water valves, which can prevent having to deal with a flooded sewer system and subsequent sewage back up. (The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes recommends gate valves.) Along these lines, you should inspect the slope around your house—which can determine how mass quantities of water will flow around your house. Ideally, you want the water to drain away from the building, so if it appears that it’s flowing in the wrong direction, contact your county planning or environmental services department.
While most of us don’t have to worry about frequent floods, some structures are in unenviable and (unavoidable) spots geographically. As such, more severe measures may need to be taken to prevent destruction of your property—and this includes a major modification. Raising your home on piers, installing vents that allow water to flow, and certain dry proofing methods such a sealants may be required.
Finally, it’s important to take last-minute measures as the waters begin to rise. This could mean clearing the gutters, moving furniture and other valuable items, shutting off electricity and elevating any major appliances that run the risk of being damaged should water seep in. As is readily apparent, there is a lot of factors in play when it comes to keeping your property in check during one of these nasty turns by mother nature. With Home Watch Service, you can save time and money by allowing professionals to run through this checklist with experience and care in their back pocket.