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Flood Damage Prevention and Flood Preparation Checklist

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When you’re trying to protect your home from water damage, you’ll want to make sure you’ve taken all the necessary steps to keep your home dry. It’s important to explore the options you have available to you so you know for sure that you’ve fitted your home with the exact tools you need.

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Protecting Your Home from Approaching Storms

If you’re looking for a few quick ways to protect your home as a storm approaches, don’t worry. There are several steps you can take to keep water from damaging your home, including:

  1. Installing A Sump Pump

Sump pumps can remove 2,000 gallons of water or more per hour from your home, depending on the brand you’re most interested in. If you’re looking for a heavy-duty, anti-flooding measure, these are the ones to take advantage of.

Do note that you should always talk to a professional about installing a battery backup pump to support your sump pump. Battery backups work even when the power’s gone out and can provide you with as much water removal as a traditional sump pump.

  1. Investing in Smart Sensors

Smart sensors take advantage of your existing Internet of Things to update you about the state of your basement. You can install these sensors throughout your home, and they’ll ping an app on your phone if they sense water nearby. As such, you’ll be able to start bailing water out or employ other waterproofing solutions appropriately. You can even share the data you’ve gathered with a contractor to better employ localized waterproofing measures.

  1. Cleaning Out Your Gutters and Downspouts

You’ll always want to make sure your gutters are clean before a storm rolls in. Your gutters and downspouts redirect water away from the perimeter of your home, but only when they’ve been maintained. Dirty gutters or misaligned downspouts will send water down toward the perimeter of your home. There, it’ll have a chance of seeping in your foundation or basement and damaging your belongings.

  1. Elevating Important Belongings

Sometimes, the simplest waterproofing solutions are the best ones. If you have belongings that you want to stay dry, keep them on the highest shelves in your basement. This way, it’ll be much more difficult for water to reach them, should your home start to leak.

  1. Seeking Out Backflow Drain Valves

Backflow drain valves help protect your home from utility overflows. With these valves in place, you keep water and raw sewage out of your home.

Investing in Preventative Strategies

If you have a little more time on your hands before the weather starts to turn, then you can start to develop a comprehensive flood toolkit. Some of the tools you’ll want to have at your disposal should include:

  1. Flood Vents

You can use flood vents to alleviate some of the hydrostatic pressure that might otherwise damage your home. While these vents do allow water to flow into and out of your home, they keep your walls and foundation safer by lessening the amount of water-related stress they have to endure. You will, however, want to pair a flood vent with additional waterproofing measures if you’re concerned about the presence of water in your home.

  1. Elevated Utilities

As mentioned, it’s always a good idea to try and keep your most important belongings higher up in your basement. This can and should include your utility systems. You can talk to a contractor about elevating your systems or do something as simple as install additional shelving units nearby. Either way, elevating your systems will keep them safer from floodwaters for longer.

  1. Interior Drains

Interior drains work similarly to sump pumps to remove water from your home. Instead of relying on electricity, however, these drains use a system of pipes around the perimeter of your home to collect leaking water. That said, you need to pair an interior drain system like BasementGutter™ with a sump pump to properly remove water from your basement and keep it from re-entering your home.

  1. Exterior Curtain Drains

Exterior curtain drains create passable barriers between your drains and the outdoors. With these drains in place, you won’t have to worry about large objects obstructing your drain and causing backflow. Most of these curtains are also designed to look like loose gravel or an equivalent, ensuring that they won’t disrupt your landscaping aesthetic.

Be sure to reach out to a representative with your insurance provider if you are able to prepare your home ahead of time. When you take steps like these to protect your home, you’re often able to negotiate for lower premiums.

Want to better defend your home against water damage? Reach out to one of the professional contractors in your area for a free inspection and estimate on any installations you may need.

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